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Menahga School District

Property Tax Information Site
Menahga Public Schools

This site provides information for taxpayers of Menahga School District regarding how the district's proposed bond referendum will affect their property taxes. The site was prepared by the school district's financial advisors, Ehlers, in cooperation with the school district. If you have questions about the information on this site, you may call Ehlers at the numbers listed below.

About the Referendum

The district will be holding a special election by mail ballot on May 9, 2017, seeking voter approval of two ballot questions.

Question 1 would authorize the district to issue up to $29,720,000 in general obligation school building bonds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of additions to the school site and facilities; the remodeling, repair, renovation, the completion of safety, security, and accessibility improvements to the Menahga High School, Middle School and Elementary School facilities; and the acquisition and installation of improved technology, technology systems, networks, infrastructure and equipment throughout all school facilities. If Question 1 is approved, the district will prepay the 2010 and 2012 lease purchase agreements, totaling $1,703,644, to help offset the tax impact to property owners.

If Question 1 is approved, Question 2 would authorize approval of an additional project for the construction and equipping of School District sites and facilities, including without limitation the acquisition and installation of equipment for purposes of offering vocational/technical classes meeting the standards for course credit by Central Lakes Community College; and additional site preparation and equipment and furnishing costs related to new additions at School District facilities, in an aggregate amount not to exceed $5,000,000. If Question 2 is approved, the district will reduce other unequalized property tax levies to offset the impact to property owners.

Passage of Question 2 is contingent on the approval of Question 1.

For additional information on how the funds would be used, click on the "Return to School District Website" button above.

Impact on Property Taxes

Approval of the ballot question would cause a tax increase beginning in 2018, and the debt service tax levies would be in place for 20 years.

To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2018 taxes, either view the tax impact for sample property types and values here or follow the instructions below.

Taxes payable in 2018 will be based on the 2017 Estimated Market Value (EMV) of your property. The 2017 EMV is listed on the “Valuation Notice” mailed by your county in March 2017 (see example below). If you have not yet received this notice, use your most recent EMV in the tax calculator below.

If you are unsure of your EMV, contact your county or find the information for Becker County online using the instructions below.

Wadena County
Assessor's Office - (218) 631-7628

Hubbard County
Assessor's Office - (218) 732-3452

Otter Tail County
Assessor's Office - (218) 998-8010

Becker County
Assessor's Office – (218) 846-7300

Instructions to view your property records online

If you own a RESIDENTIAL HOMESTEAD property, enter the Estimated Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact.

If you own COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL property, enter the Estimated Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact.

If you own AGRICULTURAL or other types of property, view the tax impact for sample property types and values here or contact Ehlers.

  • Find the Property I.D. number(s) for all parcels of property that you own within the district (normally shown in the upper left corner of your property tax statement).
  • Email or call Ehlers:
    • Send an e-mail message to mnschools@ehlers-inc.com. with your name, school district name, and property I.D. number(s). PLEASE SPECIFY WHAT COUNTY YOUR PARCELS ARE IN.
    • Call Ehlers (Twin Cities area 651-697-8542 or toll-free 1-800-552-1171) during regular business hours and ask to speak to Andrea Uhl, or another member of the Education Team. Tell the Ehlers representative that you are calling about the tax impact of the Menahga School District referendum and provide the Property I.D. number(s).
    • An Ehlers representative will contact your county to find the value and classification of your property, calculate the tax impact, and either call or e-mail you with the results. Please allow 1-3 days for a response.

Property Tax Refunds, Deductibility, and Deferrals

Click the links below for information regarding how state and federal programs may reduce the net impact of the proposed property tax increases for some taxpayers.

  1. Minnesota Property Tax Refund.
  2. Special Property Tax Refund
  3. Deductibility of Property Taxes for State and Federal Income Taxes
  4. Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

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