For Immediate Release
MARSHALL (May 5, 2020) --
LYON COUNTY ANNOUNCES PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT RELIEF IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Lyon County Board of Commissioners, in coordination with the Auditor/Treasurer, took action
earlier today to provide temporary relief to residents and businesses that have been directly or
indirectly impacted by the economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On a unanimous 5-0 vote, the County Board acted to abate the majority of penalties associated with
late payment of property taxes through July 2020.
In doing so, the County Board recognized that, as a result of unemployment, lost or reduced wages
and the loss of business income, prompt payment of property taxes may be a major economic pressure
for many County residents and businesses this month.
“Imposing the full penalty for late payment of property taxes in 2020 would be unjust and
unreasonable”, noted 2020 Board Chair Gary Crowley. “While Lyon County preferred a uniform
statewide plan to help out our property taxpayers, we simply couldn’t wait any longer for
In taking this action, Lyon County is striking a balance between helping out those residents and
businesses seeking property tax payment relief with the critical cash flow needs of local schools,
cities and other taxing districts dependent upon property tax revenues.
“As this COVID-19 pandemic continues to play out,” explained Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg, “it is
clear that the financial implications to Lyon County residents and businesses, as well as local
governments, are significant and growing.”
Minn. Stat. § 279.01 allows for a County Board, with the concurrence of the County Treasurer, to
abate penalties for late payment of property taxes. The County today acted to reduce penalties for
late payment on all property classifications except energy production taxes and utility and
railroad real and personal property, as follows:
• Reduced to 1% the penalty for unpaid taxes between May 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020; and
• Reduced to 2% the penalty for unpaid taxes between July 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.
Consideration of specific requests for abatement of taxes or adjustment of property values will ed
on a case-by-case basis, pursuant to state law.