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Property Tax Information Site
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This site provides information for taxpayers of South Washington County Schools regarding how the district's proposed referendum will affect their property taxes. The site was prepared by the school district's municipal 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 on November 7, 2017, seeking voter approval of three questions.

Question 1 would renew the expiring referendum revenue authorization of $780.72 per pupil. The proposed authority would be applicable for 10 years, beginning with taxes payable in 2018. If approved, this would maintain the district’s general fund referendum revenue at current levels.

Question 2 would authorize the district to increase its referendum revenue authorization by an additional $375 per pupil. The proposed authority would be applicable for 10 years, beginning with taxes payable in 2018. If approved, this would increase the district’s general fund referendum revenue by approximately $7,575,000 for fiscal year 2018-19.

Question 3 would authorize a capital project levy of 1.820% times the net tax capacity of the school district. The revenue raised by this authorization will provide funds for the acquisition and installation of improved instructional technology, technology systems, and technology support staffing. The proposed capital project levy authorization would raise approximately $2,000,000 for taxes payable in 2018, the first year it is to be levied, and would be authorized for ten years.

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 Question 1 would not cause an increase in taxes, as it would replace an existing levy that is expiring. In fact, Ehlers estimates that if Question 1 is approved, taxes would decline slightly between 2017 and 2018, due to growth in the value of taxable property. Approval of Question 2 and Question 3 would cause an increase in taxes for 10 years, beginning in 2018.

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

The 2017 Payable 2018 Estimated Market Value (EMV) is listed on the "Valuation Notice" mailed by Washington County in March 2017 (see example below). If you don't have that document available, find the information online using the instructions below or contact Washington County and ask for the 2017 EMV for taxes payable in 2018.

Washington County
Property tax information – (651) 430-6175

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 other types of property, either 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 right hand corner of your Valuation Notice or 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).
    • Call Ehlers (Twin Cities area 651-697-8542 or toll-free 1-800-552-1171) during regular business hours and ask to speak to a member of the Education Team. Tell the Ehlers representative that you are calling about the tax impact of the South Washington County Schools 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 Homestead Credit 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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