Cindy Nelson - County Treasurer
20 Second St SE
Ortonville, MN 56278
Phone: (320) 839-6395
Fax: (320) 839-6370
Services and Responsibilities
The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of all county funds and cash assets, and handles all funds received or paid out by the county. This position is elected every four years.
The Treasurer is responsible for investing all county money pursuant to Minnesota Statutes. Securing of collateral to protect Big Stone County funds and determines terms of investments.
The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the mailing of the tax statements annually, along with the collection of all real estate, mobile home, personal property and delinquent taxes. Big Stone County has approximately 6,500 tax parcels. Places delinquent property tax parcels into judgment, administers forfeiture proceedings and sales according to statute.
After each tax deadline the Treasurer must reconcile all collections for accuracy and pay out to each taxing district their appropriate share of the taxes collected, annual collection totals $5,000,000. The Treasurer's office processes changes to property ownership, holds the surety bonds for auctioneers, and does a trial balance each month for the County Auditor as a check and balance.