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A homestead credit is a statutory reduction to the property tax for property that is owned and occupied as a person's primary place of residence
Why should I apply for homestead?
The homestead credit can reduce the amount of property tax, and allows the property owner to apply for a property tax refund from the State of Minnesota.
Can my spouse and I each get a homestead credit?
One-100% homestead credit per married couple is allowed. If two properties are owned by a married couple, only one- 100% homestead credit is allowed. If special circumstances exist, please contact the Building & Community Standards Department directly.
What is a relative homestead?
The relative homestead classification allows a relative of the owner to file for the homestead credit. The relative homestead credit amount is the same as a regular homestead. However, if a relative homestead is obtained, you will not be allowed to file for the Minnesota property tax refund or a Minnesota renters rebate.
Do all owners need to be present to file for a homestead?
No. The homestead application only requires the signature of one owner, except for a relative homestead application, which requires all owners and the relative occupants to be present.
What is the difference in property taxes between homestead and non-homestead?
The homestead credit on an average value home in Brooklyn Center is approximately $195.
Can I file for homestead online?
A copy of the homestead application can be printed from the website, but the application and required documents must be provided to the Building & Community Standards Department. You can deliver the applications and documents in person, by mail, by fax or in the city drop box.
Sign posters that are tacked or posted on trees, fences, utility poles, or other such supports are prohibited.
Section 35-560. VISIBILITY AT INTERSECTIONS. In order to preserve and promote the public safety, nothing shall be erected, placed, planted, maintained, or allowed to grow on a corner lot in any district in such a manner as materially to impede vision between a height of two and one-half feet and 10 feet above the centerline grades of the intersection streets in the triangle bounded by the property lines of such corner lot and a straight line joining points on such property lines 25 feet from their intersection of the property lines.
Questions regarding the violation should be directed to the inspector listed on such document.
Elements that contribute to water hardness are calcium and magnesium. Our City water hardness is about 23 grains per gallon
What are the black specks in my bath tub?
The black water or black specks, sometimes looking like pepper corns, are caused from the mineral manganese and are most often seen in the hot water. More complaints about manganese are generated from apartments rather than single family homes. When water enters a water heater, the manganese is in solution. Heat precipitates out the manganese. More heat will result in the appearance of more black specks. The solution is to adjust the water heater temperature to 120-125? F, flush the water heater, and also flush each individual faucet. Removal of the faucet aerator will speed up the flushing process.
Why is my water cloudy?
Typically water is cloudy due to air in the water. The air usually comes from the aerator on your faucet. If your water is cloudy, fill a glass and let it set for a few minutes, it should clear up. If not, please call Public Utilities at (763) 585-7100.
Does the City provide water testing?
City water is routinely tested for many substances as required by the Minnesota Department of Health. Please refer to the Consumer Confidence Report that is posted on the city's web site. The city does not provide water testing services. Please check the Yellow Pages, under laboratories, for companies that provide that service.
Where does the City of Brooklyn Center get its drinking water?
Drinking water in Brooklyn Center comes from high capacity groundwater wells that are approximately 300' deep.
What is Manganese?
Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in many sources of ground water. Manganese is the cause of most complaints regarding black water/specks or oily film in coffee and swimming pools. There are no enforceable drinking water standards for manganese.
If the water service lines to your house freeze, please contact the City Utility Billing Division right away for more information.
The area will be restored with lawn sod. The property owner is responsible for replacement of special or unique landscaping items. Please call the Engineering Division if you have questions at (763) 569-3340.
When will my street be reconstructed?
The City has developed a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to guide the systematic replacement of streets within the community based on life span and condition. The pace at which the City can reconstruct or resurface public streets is based on the amount of available funding. Contact the Engineering Division at (763) 569-3340 to discuss the current schedule for street reconstruction in your neighborhood.
My street is going to be reconstructed. Will I be able to get into my driveway during construction?
In general you will be able to access your property after 7:00 pm each weekday and during weekends. During the workday, you may not be able to drive into your driveway while the contractor is installing underground utilities directly in front of your house and when concrete curb is being installed. Residents will not be able to access their driveways with their vehicles for five days after the concrete driveway is poured to allow the concrete material to cure. If you have special needs, please contact the Engineering Division at (763) 569-3340.
What happens to my water sprinkler irrigation system when the street is reconstructed?
During street reconstruction, an existing water sprinkler irrigation system that extends into the right-of-way will be pulled back and replaced at the end of the project. Please call the Engineering Division if you have questions at (763) 569-3340.