Classification of property is one of the primary responsibilities of the Assessor's Office.  In Minnesota, a property is classified according to its use on the annual assessment date of January 2.  If a property is improved with a structure, the use of the property is typically quite clear-residential, commercial, industrial, etc.  When there is no apparent use, the property is classified according to its highest and best use. Each classification is taxed at a different percentage of market value. These percentages are set by the state legislature. 

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