Class 1b provides a reduced class rate for homestead property of any person who qualifies as blind or as permanently and totally disabled. There are no annual applications for class 1b. If you qualify for class 1b it is permanent as long as you occupy the homestead.
Blind means the condition of a person whose central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses, or, if visual acuity is greater than 20/200, the condition is accompanied by limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees. When applying for class 1b an eye doctor's report or letter giving detail of the person's sight must be included. A statement by the individual is not sufficient.
For the purposes of 1b classification, permanently and totally disabled describes a condition which is permanent in nature and totally incapacitates a person from working at an occupation which brings the person an income. An individual who is permanently and totally disabled must be receiving payments from a qualifying agency because of their disability.
To apply please complete the application, sign, date, and return to the Sherburne County Assessors Department. You must also attach the appropriate documentation proving that you are blind/disabled.
Provide a copy of a letter or current eye report signed by your eye doctor stating that you are legally blind.
Provide proof of disability payments from a qualifying agency. Provide a letter from a qualifying agency certifying that you are totally and permanently disabled (usually this is a copy of an initial disability award letter from the agency).