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Today’s Centennial Library is limited because of space – our hands-on learning programs cannot accommodate all of the people interested in participating, collection space has been maximized, computer and Wi-Fi usage continues to increase, but floor space for users is limited, staff space is inefficient, and the building lacks adequate storage.
The expanded and modernized Centennial Library will put learning on display, will be the hub of a campus that supports history, nature, play, and commerce. A learning space for community, a space where creativity and opportunity thrive. A knowledge park. The plans double the size of the library to accommodate more community meeting and study spaces, increases comfortable seating for readers, offers a larger and interactive children’s area – all requests from the community.
Centennial Library construction will begin August 25, 2018 and will reopen Summer 2019.
No, but you’ll be able to return books at Northtown or any other Anoka County Library.
You can find our Hours and Locations on our website.
Yes, this is an expansion project. Centennial Library will remain at 100 Civic Heights Circle, Circle Pines.
Yes, the Centennial Library will be closed during parts of the project. More specific information on closure dates will be announced in the future.
You sign up for all ongoing library programming online at anokacountylibrary.org.
You may book a meeting room at another Anoka County Library location while Centennial Library is closed.
You can pick up your reserved books at Northtown or any other Anoka County Library.
All construction updates and available images will be posted online at http://www.anokacounty.us/3244/Centennial-Library-Expansion.
The selection of Leo A. Daly was unanimously approved by the Anoka County Library's Board of Trustees as the architectural firm for this project.
The Centennial Library building opened in November of 1985. In 1996 the library had extensive roof and exterior wall work carried out to repair moisture accumulation problems that were causing damage to the brick walls, but it has never undergone a planned remodel before.
Yes. For Anoka County to license you as a foster care provider, you must live in Anoka County. If you do not, you can check with the county that you live in.
No. Apartments, condominiums, or mobile homes may be options.
You must be 21 years or older to be a licensed child foster care provider.
All medical and dental expenses are provided for the child through the county or private insurance.
Yes. Children of the same sex may share a bedroom when appropriate. Each child should have his/her own bed.
Foster care varies in length depending on the child and his/her family's circumstances. A child can stay a few days or several months to a year or longer.
There are circumstances in which a foster child could be free for adoption. However, many other factors are considered first.
Providing care for children is expensive. The county provides financial support for foster families. The amount varies depending on the age and needs of the child. All medical and dental expenses are provided for the child through the county or private insurance. Foster care payments should at least cover expenses. Helping a person in need is a challenge - one that could change your life as well as the life of a child in your care.
Apartments, town homes, single-family homes - all are appropriate locations for foster care or adopted children. Most foster children share a bedroom with a same gender child close in age. They need to have their own beds; some need their own rooms. Most kids come with few possessions, but will need a dresser drawer and a bit of closet space. If they come to you without adequate clothing for the season, the children's social worker will assist in obtaining a clothing allowance.
Most of the children needing foster or adoptive families are in the social services system due to past abuse or neglect. They may have been traumatized, most are doing pretty well emotionally, others are really hurting, and may show that in their behavior.
Kids, like adults, can be depressed, anxious, fearful, and angry. Some have medical or developmental problems. Many have delayed social skills or special school needs. You'll work closely with social services, the school, therapists and other professionals, and, in many cases, with the child's extended family.
Call your county's social services department. If you live in Anoka County, call 763-324-1230 for more information on child foster care.
MHFA also has a “Step-Up” program which provides the same mortgage opportunities as the “Start-Up” program but funds are used to refinance the home you currently own or allows you to purchase a home even if you owned one less than 3 years ago. You do have to use a lender who is MHFA approved. Minnesota Housing Agency
-“Emergency and/or Accessibility” rehab program for income- qualified homeowners AND -“Rehab Loan” program for very low income homebuyers
Anoka County funds its own housing rehab program for low/fixed income homeowners. This program is available to all county residents except in the City of Coon Rapids which Coon Rapids runs its own housing rehab program. As with the state’s program, completed rehab work will result in a deferred, no interest loan/lien being placed against the homeowner’s property.
-Stepping Stone Emergency Housing for female and male adults (18 and older) - 763-323-7006-Alexandra House, Inc. (battered women’s shelter) - 763-780-2330-Family Promise of Anoka County (shelter for up to 4 families with kids) - 763-568-7365
-The Metro Area Hotline provides shelter info for the Twin Cities metro area: 1-888-234-1329
Call 763-324-4800 for the name of a probation officer and how to contact them. (As of August 24, 2017 our phone numbers have changed.)
PSC meeting schedules are specific to individual offenders. To find out more, call 763-324-4900.
Anoka County Corrections will assess supervision and UA fees as authorized by M.S. 244.18/609.102. This statute authorizes the Chief Executive Officer of a local corrections agency to administratively impose and collect corrections fees. All offenders who receive corrections services will be assessed a fee based on the level of offense. This includes all probation transfers and supervised release cases.
In situations where clients can demonstrate a financial hardship and no ability to pay fees, the probation office can consider community service in place of the fee payment or a waiver of the fee. These requests must be made by writing a letter to the Claimant Commissioner, Anoka County Corrections, 325 East Main Street, C100, Anoka, MN 55303.
Supervision, UA and program fees are paid to the Anoka County Corrections Department. Contact your probation officer or call 763-324-4800 for more details.
Payments can be sent to:
Anoka County Community Corrections
Anoka County Courthouse
2100 3rd Avenue, Suite C100
Anoka, MN 55303.
Please include a client ID and/or case number.
If you have medical insurance, check with your insurance provider to see if they cover a chemical health assessment. If they do not, or you do not have health insurance, and cannot afford health care services, you may be eligible for Rule 25 funding. Download a Chemical Health Assessment (Rule 25) application form. You may also contact your probation officer, or call 763-324-1270 for further assistance.
You can find if someone is in the Jail or Workhouse on the web at http://www.anokacounty.us/727/Inmate-Locator. Or you can call the Sheriff's Office at 763-324-5100.
ICSolutions is the inmate phone system vendor. Inmates may purchase a phone card from canteen to make calls or make prepaid deposits via the web at icsdeposits.com. You may also make prepaid deposits by calling 1-888-888-8413. In order to make a deposit, you will need to know the facility where the inmate is housed, the inmate's name, and ID number.
Another legal remedy that does not result in the vulnerable adult being placed under guardianship or conservatorship is an action for injunctive relief, where the petitioner requests a court order requiring a party to do or refrain from doing a particular action that is harmful to the vulnerable adult. These legal actions may be brought by attorneys in the County Attorney’s Office’s Protective Services Unit, as part if their responsibility under the Vulnerable Adults Act.
If a finding is made of maltreatment of a vulnerable adult, the perpetrator of the maltreatment will be disqualified from employment working with vulnerable adults or children. The perpetrator could be liable for civil damages in a private lawsuit.
In a criminal proceeding, action can be taken by the State against a person charged with financial exploitation, criminal neglect, or abuse of a vulnerable adult. These matters would be handled in the Criminal Division of the County Attorney’s Office.
Regardless of whether the petition is filed by the County Attorney’s Office, a private attorney or a pro se party, the county Social Services department becomes involved, since the court is required to appoint a court visitor, usually a county social worker, to visit the proposed ward/conservatee and file a report and recommendation with the court.
You are required to go through the county. You can start the process by calling pre-petition screening at 763-324-1420. If the person is in the hospital and the person’s doctor believes that a civil commitment is needed, hospital staff will contact pre-petition screening. A team of mental health professionals will screen the case to determine if a commitment petition is appropriate, or if there are other less-restrictive alternatives that will meet the person’s treatment needs. If the pre-petition screening team believes that a commitment petition is appropriate, they will prepare a written report and submit it to the County Attorney’s Office, along with a doctor’s statement supporting the commitment. If the County Attorney’s Office determines that legal criteria are met for filing a petition, a petition will be filed, with the pre-petition screening report and examiner’s statement attached, and the matter will be set on for hearing. The County Attorney’s Office will represent the petitioner in the civil commitment proceeding. A court-appointed attorney will represent the patient.
For a mentally ill or developmentally disabled person, it must be demonstrated by recent behavior that the person’s mental illness or developmental disability poses a substantial likelihood of physical harm to self or others. The person must have recently caused or threatened to cause physical harm to self or others, or caused significant damage to substantial property, or demonstrated failure or inability to provide necessary food, clothing, shelter or medical care. Failure to take psychiatric medication or exhibition of the symptoms of mental illness or developmental delay is not enough alone to petition for court-ordered treatment without the showing of danger to self or others.
For chemical dependency:
For a chemically dependent person, it must be demonstrated by recent behavior that the person’s habitual and excessive use of alcohol, drugs, or other mind-altering substances causes the person to be incapable of self-management or management of personal affairs, and that it poses a substantial likelihood of physical harm to self or others. The person must have recently caused or threatened to cause physical harm to self or others, or evidenced recent serious health problems related to the chemical use, or demonstrated failure to provide necessary food, clothing, shelter or medical care. A pregnant woman can be committed if during her pregnancy she has engaged in habitual or excessive use, for a non-medical purpose, of any of the following controlled substances or their derivatives: cocaine, heroin, phencyclidine, methamphetamine or amphetamine.
For a sexually dangerous person, or sexual psychopathic personality:
Pre-petition screening is not required for these petitions. The respondents in these cases are often referred to the County Attorney’s Office for possible civil commitment by the Department of Corrections. Most often, but not always, the persons have been serving a prison sentence for a sexual misconduct crime. To be committed as a sexually dangerous person or a sexual psychopathic personality, it must be proven that the person has engaged in a course of (multiple incidences of) harmful sexual conduct in the past, and that it is highly likely that without court-ordered treatment, the person will engage in harmful sexual conduct in the future. If committed, the person is committed on an indeterminate basis to a secure, locked facility that specializes in treatment of sex offenders.
Family Child Care Licensing
Victims do not file charges; the county attorney does. Therefore, victims do not have the right to drop charges. It is the county attorney’s responsibility to citizens of the state, with information provided by police / investigators, to charge persons who have committed crimes. If a person recants / changes their story, they must notify the police department or Investigator with this new information. Victims may also speak with the Victim Witness Specialist about their feelings and/or wishes for the outcome of the case. The specialist can be reached by calling 763-324-5540.
The county attorney can request that a No Contact Order be issued as a condition of the defendant’s release. Also, in cases of domestic abuse, you can get help in obtaining an Order for Protection through Alexandra House, 763-576-9999. Visit their website for more information. Any violations of these orders should be reported to the police and the probation office immediately.
There are several resources available for financial assistance. Your victim witness specialist can help you sort out which is best for you. Emergency funds may be available on a limited basis to help with emergencies not covered by insurance or other sources. The State of Minnesota also has funds available to assist victims of crime with medical, dental, psychological, or funeral expenses related to a crime. Call the specialist at 763-324-5540 for more information.
The County Attorney can request that a no contact order be issued as a condition of the defendant’s release. Also, in cases of domestic abuse, you can get help in obtaining an Order for Protection through Alexandra House. Any violations of these orders should be reported to the police and the probation office.
There are several ways to make a child support payment:
Automatic withdrawals: Some parents may pay their support by automatic-recurring withdrawal.
Retail Locations: Parents can now pay their support with cash at certainretail locations (Casey’s General Store, CVS, Family Dollar and Seven-Eleven)using a vendor called PayNearMe. Child Support Services will have accessto PayNearMe's portal to help parents get the barcode they need to make apayment. Please contact Child Support Services or go to the PayNearMe websitefor more information http://paynearme.com/en/
Online Payments: Parents can make payments using Minnesota Child Support Online (MCSO) at www.dhs.state.mn.us
Payments are made from their checking or savings account to the Minnesota Child Support Payment Center through a secure online application.
Mail: Parents may pay their support by check, cashier's check or money order. Parents must identify their payments to ensure that they get credit for them and the payments are applied to the correct case. Parents should include their name on the payment and at least one number, such as:
•Child support case number
•Participant number (also called MCI number)
•Social Security number Do not send cash.
Do not send payments to the other parent directly.
Make checks payable to: Minnesota Child Support Payment Center
Send payments to: Minnesota Child Support Payment Center P.O. Box 64326 St. Paul, MN 55164-0326
Processing time: Payments received at the Child Support Payment Center on Friday, Saturday or Sunday are issued the following Monday. Payments received the day before state holidays are issued the next business day.
All payments are sent to a central payment center where they are processed within 24 hours resulting in payment to the applicant.
Applications for child support and spousal support (income withholding-only) services can be found at www.dhs.state.mn.us or by contacting the Anoka County Child Support Services at 763-324-2420 or in person at any county child support office.
You will be contacted by the Anoka County Employee Relations Department, via the email address provided in your application.
Yes, however, once you have created an account, applying for positions is quick and easy. You may review and update your basic application as necessary. If you apply for another position, you may customize the information. Please note, that once you Proceed to Review and Submit, no more edits are accepted for that application.
Testing and assessment varies for each position. Some positions require a written examination, an oral examination, or skills examination. Other positions may require computer skills testing.
Should you have a disability that would prevent you from testing for a position under standard conditions, please notify the Employee Relations Department at 763-324-4300 so that every reasonable accommodation can be made.
You apply for your EBT card and other economic assistance programs on the 4th floor of the Government Center in Anoka. When you have completed the application process, your initial card can be picked up on 4th floor in the Government Center. A photo ID will be required. If your card has been lost or stolen and you need a replacement, you must call 1-888-997-2227.
There are two ways you may do this.1. Email your request to: [email protected]2. Download the Certificate of Exemption Form from our website.
Go Anoka County is an online informational resource that identifies opportunities for individuals to engage in Healthy Eating, Active Living and Tobacco Free Living. Through these resources, we seek to provide information that identifies opportunities to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Use our interactive Go Anoka County Map and search for parks, farmers markets and other activities near you.
GoAnokaCounty.org is supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) through the Minnesota Department of Health.
Minnesota State ID cards, Military ID cards and Driver's License and ID cards from another state are acceptable if accompanied by secondary identification. For more information on Primary or Secondary Identification, please visit our Passport page.
Park rules and ordinances are available for review at this link: Park Ordinances
The property must be zoned long-term agricultural by the local community, with a maximum residential density of one house per forty acres. The parcel must (normally) be forty acres in size, however, smaller tracts may qualify in certain instances. The owner(s) apply for Agricultural Preserve with the Local City / Township. The owner signs an eight-year perpetual covenant / agreement to leave the property in agricultural use, and farm using acceptable practices as approved by the County Agricultural Service. The Agricultural Preserve application must be filed with the County Recorder. Contact Anoka County Assessment Services at 763-324-1175 for more information.
This is only a summary of the Valuation Exclusion on Homestead Property for Disabled Veterans program. For more information, or for answers to specific questions, contact the County Assessor’s office at 763-324-1175.
Minnesota Statute 273.1233 (view the statute on the State of Minnesota Web site) provides that an owner of a homestead or non-homestead property that has been accidentally or unintentionally damaged may apply for a reduction in the amount of taxes payable on the property in the year the destruction occurs and in the following year, if the property does not qualify for a disaster credit.
The owner of a homestead or non-homestead property may qualify for a local option abatement if: the property does not qualify for a disaster credit; and 50% or more of the homestead dwelling or other structure, as established by the County Assessor, is unintentionally or accidentally destroyed, or destroyed by arson or vandalism by someone other than the owner, and the homestead is uninhabitable or the structure is not usable; the owner makes written application to the County Assessor as soon as is practical after the damage has occurred; and the owner of the property makes written application to the County Board.
Please contact the Anoka County Assessment Services for additional information at 763-324-1175.
Organizations seeking exemption must file an exempt application - Commissioner of Revenue form PE75 – for each parcel that may qualify. In order to receive exempt status, there must be a concurrence of ownership and use. The parcel must be used solely for the specified purpose for which the institution received its charter. This means that if the land, its improvements, or any part thereof is not used in accordance with specified purposes, the exemption is to be reviewed, and the ineligible parcel or portion thereof, is to be assessed.
In accordance with Minnesota Statute 272.025, Subd 2, "Upon written request of the assessor, the taxpayer filing a statement of exemption shall make available to the assessor all books and records relating to the ownership or use of the property which are reasonably necessary to verify that the property qualifies for exemption."
To request an exempt status application form, please call 763-324-1175.
Once the application is completed, please mail it to:
Anoka County AssessorOffice
2100 3rd Avenue
Anoka, MN 55303
Please make sure a daytime phone number is included in case there are questions on your application. Also, you may be required to supply supporting documentation to assist in determining exempt status.
"Green Acres" is a tax and special assessment deferral program for certain agricultural property, according to Minnesota Statute 273.111.
The difference between the tax calculated on agricultural market value and the actual market value is deferred until the property is sold or no longer qualifies for the program.
When the property is sold, or no longer qualifies, the deferred tax may be due for three years, on the part sold or no longer qualifying.
Contact the Assessors office at 763-324-1175.
If the assessor is not notified within 30 days that the property has been sold or is no longer being used as a primary place of residence, the homestead will be removed and penalties will be imposed.Falsifying a homestead is punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year or payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
Certain trusts can qualify for homestead. A Certificate of Trust must be completed and approved by the County Assessor, or the Trust must be provided for the Assessor ‘s review. Call Anoka County Assessment Services for further information at 763-324-1175.
For questions regarding any of the above concerns, contact Anoka County Assessment Services by telephone at 763-324-1175.
The Minnesota Open Space Property Tax Law provides for deferment of a portion of the estimated market value and taxes payable on certain private outdoor, recreational, open space, and park lands.
According to Minnesota Statute 273.112, real estate property is entitled to the valuation and tax deferment under the "Open Space" law only if it is actively devoted to golf, skiing, lawn bowling, croquet, auto racing, archery, or firearm range recreational use or other recreational uses carried on at the establishment. (view the statute on the State of Minnesota Web site)
Contact Anoka County Assessment Services at 763-324-1175 for additional information and an application.
The State of Minnesota requires assessors tophysically inspect all parcels once every five years (quintile) or 20% of eachcity or township. As a result of these requirements, Anoka County hascreated maps depicting which areas staff will be working over the next 5years. If property owners have specific questions regarding what aninspection entails, or would like to schedule an inspection, we encourage them tocontact our office.
Quintile map for Andover
Quintile map for Blaine
Quintile map for Circle Pines
Quintile map for Columbia Heights
Quintile map for Lexington
Quintile map for Lino Lakes
Quintile map for Linwood
Quintile map for Oak Grove
Quintile map for Ramsey
Property owners wishing to verify the person at theirdoor is in fact an appraiser, are encouraged to call 763-323-5400.
We are currently working on making recorded plats accessible online to the public. Until this project is completed, you can obtain copies of recorded plats by contacting the Surveyors Office at 763-324-3200.
Currently we do not have an online statement that can be printed. If you are using the information to file for a property tax refund using the M1PR form, you can access the information that the State of Minnesota will need by clicking on the Property Information link on our home page and accessing the parcel’s property information. The summary page shows the tax amounts near the bottom of the page labeled Tax Amounts for M1PR. If you would like a full duplicate tax statement, you can call 763-323-5400 and request a duplicate be sent to you.
How your property is classified and/or the tax amount, will determine when your taxes are due.
You may pay in person at the Public Service Counter in the Government Center in downtown Anoka located at 2100 3rd Ave. You can also pay by check or cash at any of the Anoka County License Centers. (Note: The Deputy Registrar's office in Circle Pines does not accept property tax payments.)
The taxes for Personal Property located on leased government-owned land may be paid in two installments which are due at the same time as real estate property taxes, and which are subject to the same penalty schedule and penalty rates as real estate property taxes. All other Personal Property taxes are due in full on or before May 15, 20XX.
If an installment due date falls on a weekend, it is due the next business day. View the penalty table.
The "Truth in Taxation Notice" (TNT) also known as the "Notice of Proposed Taxes" is mailed in mid-November each year. The notice estimates the property tax you will pay in the following year if the taxing jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering. Property owners are invited to attend meetings held by the local units of government to express their opinions on local budgets.This is not the meeting to discuss your taxable market value.
All properties for sale are published in the legal newspaper of Anoka County
Please contact our Property Support Specialist at 763-324-1109 or 763-324-1125 with any questions or concerns.
For special assessments, any taxing authority making a special assessment may defer the payment if it is determined that the payment would pose a hardship. This deferral of payment or special assessments ends when any of the following is true: a) the death of the owner, unless the spouse is still eligible, b) the sale, transfer or subdivision of the property or any part thereof, c) if the property no longer qualifies for homestead status, or d) the taxing authority determines that a hardship no longer exists. At the end of the deferment, all special assessment amounts plus interest and penalties, if any, shall become due.This form must be submitted to the taxing authority assessing the specials prior to the approval of the assessment by the taxing authority. If a deferment is granted, the County Auditor must record the application for deferment showing the amount deferred and the amount of interest, if any, that will be due at the end of the deferment.
The Assessor also determines the classification or use of each parcel. For instance, property may be residential homestead (owner-occupied), residential non-homestead, agricultural, or commercial. Each classification is taxed at a different percentage of market value. These percentages are set by the State Legislature.
In other words, Market Value equals the price that would prevail under competitive, open market conditions.
Minnesota Statute 273.08 requires that the Assessor is responsible to review every parcel under his/her jurisdiction at least once every five years to make sure that the information used to establish market values is accurate and up to date. The appraisal interval may be shorter due to review appraisals requested by the homeowner, ongoing new construction, or if the appraiser feels there may be an error in the property information for a particular property. All new construction, alterations or improvements will be viewed in the current year.
The appraiser gathers information on all characteristics of the property that affect market value, such as size, age, quality, basement finish and extra features, such as fireplaces, extra baths, walkouts, etc.
The property characteristics are entered into a computerized system. The computer aids the Assessor in estimating the property value. Information from actual sales is used to update your market value. The market value estimated by the Assessor should be at, or very close to, the amount the property would sell for if placed on the open market. The State Board of Equalization requires the overall level of assessment to be between 90% and 105% of market value.
Each year the Assessor analyzes actual sales of property in each community. Preceding the January 2nd assessment date, sales in a 12 month time period (October 1st to September 30th) are reviewed to determine what properties have sold for on the open market. These sales are used as a guide to help determine “what similar properties would likely sell for” if they were placed on the market.
NotificationA Value Notice is mailed around mid-March each year to each property owner. The assessment on January 2 forms the basis for the following year's tax. That is, the value and classification on January 2, of the current year is used to calculate the next year’s taxes.
How to Appeal Your Value and Classification
Candidates interested in working for Anoka County must complete extensive testing and a background investigation through the Sheriff's Office.
If you believe you are eligible for VA disability compensation and wish to apply, visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office for assistance.
If you believe you are eligible for these benefits and wish to apply, visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office for assistance.
For all information about Veterans Identification Cards (what it is, how to get one, what to do if lost or stolen, when it can be used, etc.)
Veterans requiring nursing home care for a service-connected condition or a veteran rated 70% or more have mandatory eligibility for admission to Extended Care Services; and, those veterans are eligible to have indefinite care provided to them in the VA or in a VA contracted nursing home.
Visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office for assistance.
If you are enrolled in VA health care, you have coverage under the standards of the health care law.
If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time to have coverage under the standards of the health care law. The health care law does not change VA benefits or out-of-pocket costs.
For assistance in applying for VA health care visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office.