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Property Tax Information Site
Sauk Rapids-Rice School District

This site provides information for taxpayers of Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools 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 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, seeking voter approval of two ballot questions.

Question 1 would authorize the district to issue up to $56,945,000 in general obligation school building bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including:

  • Security and accessibility improvements to all district sites and facilities;
  • Construction of a new elementary school on property already owned by the school district;
  • Athletic facilities at the high school; and
  • Expanded early childhood learning space for Hillside Early Childhood Center and Rice Elementary School.

Question 2 would authorize the district to issue up to $30,020,000 in general obligation school building bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school facilities, including:

  • Reconstruction of Pleasantview Elementary School in its current location.

Approval of Question 2 is contingent on the passage 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 Benton 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 online using the instructions below.

Benton County
Assessor's Office – (320) 591-1632

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).
    • Call Ehlers (Twin Cities area 651-697-8542 or toll-free 1-800-552-1171) during regular business hours and ask to speak to Shelby McQuay, or another member of the Education Team. Tell the Ehlers representative that you are calling about the tax impact of the Sauk Rapids-Rice 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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