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The Minnesota property tax system is based upon the Ad Valorem system. Ad Valorem utilizes the premise that taxation should be based upon value. Well maintained property will be commanding more value from buyers, and hence will experience a higher value than properties that are not maintained.
The 2 tests that have the most health significance are coliform bacteria, an indicator of bacterial pollution, and nitrate nitrogen, an indicator of a failing septic system, fertilizers or natural occurrence. If you have questions, call 218-846-1465.
The lab can only tell the consumer their water is safe to drink based on the results of the test provided; this does not guarantee that something else isn't in the water.
Any construction in rural Clay County requires a building (zoning) permit. Including:
A permit must be issued before any construction can begin. A Building Permit Application can be printed at home or picked up at the:
The Planning Office
807 11th St. N.
Moorhead, MN 56560
After an applicant or contractor completes an application, it must be presented to the township for their approval. Some township officers will just sign them independently, but some townships require the applicant to come to a township meeting. After that, the application must be returned to the Planning Office, with payment, to receive final approval.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are available on the Clay County website. The Planning and Zoning staff can assist with looking up flood zones for specific parcels on the maps, they can be reached by telephone at 218-299-5005 or by email.
Clay County Probation uses a portion of the adult supervision fees collected in the county for the Juvenile Offender Restitution Program.
These monies are used to repay a crime victim that has documented a personal financial loss. If a juvenile does not have the ability to repay the victim they can be assigned to this program and complete community work service hours.
These hours are computed at $10 per hour and a check is sent to the victim by Court Administration.
We also need non-licensed volunteers in the event of a public health emergency whom are willing to work with a variety of people with various skills to better their community.
Clay County Public Health offers influenza vaccinations at the Family Service Center. It is located at 715 11th Street N.Moorhead, MN 56560
Please call for an appointment at 218-299-7777. The cost is $40. If you have Medicare and Minnesota Medical Assistance, claims can be filed to insurance. Insurance cards are required.
For information and locations to apply visit the U.S. Department of State's Travel Information website.
Clay County contracts with the Father’s Resource Program through Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership to assist clients with completing Pro Se forms for various court actions such as modifying their child support order, establishing custody, or establishing parenting time. Call 218-632-3600 or online at
Child Support Online
Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years who have committed a crime which is punishable in the adult system, as well as youth who have been sentenced by the Courts for up to 90 days.
Young people ages 11 and 18 who need emergency care, consequences, or a 30-day evaluation.
First of all, they all go to school during the day. There is also 1-on-1 and group counseling, arts and crafts class, and recreation.
The overall average stay is about 13 days. However, youth sentenced to our program by the Court spend between 30 to 90 days here, while youth waiting for Court may be placed for 1 week or 2 weeks. Non-secure detention stays are between 1 day and 30 days.