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Sebeka Public School

Property Tax Information Site
Sebeka Public School, ISD No. 820

This site provides information for taxpayers of Sebeka Public School regarding how the district’s proposed referendum will affect their property taxes. The site was prepared by the school district’s municipal 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, August 8, 2017, seeking voter approval of a single ballot question.

The question would authorize the district to issue up to $12,515,000 in general obligation school building bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and installation of mechanical upgrades to the existing school facility; the demolition of the existing 1928/1935 addition; the construction and equipping of a classroom and performance and physical education/commons addition; the construction of secure entries and safety and security improvements and the remodeling of the district/high school office; the remodeling of early childhood education classrooms; and the construction and installation of the utilities upgrades to the existing school facility.

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 are unsure of your 2017 payable 2018 EMV, contact your county at the number below.

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

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

Cass County
Assessor's Office – (218) 547-7298

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

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 651-697-8500 or toll-free 1-800-552-1171) during regular business hours and ask to speak to any member of the Education Team. Tell the Ehlers representative that you are calling about the tax impact of the Sebeka Public School 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.

School Building Bond Agricultural Credit

This property tax credit will provide owners of agricultural property with a 40% credit for the taxes attributable to school district debt service for all agricultural property, except for the house, garage, and one acre. This ongoing credit will be directly deducted from property taxes owed and would apply to debt service taxes for all types of existing and future building bonds for construction and renovation projects, and takes effect for property taxes payable in 2018. The credit is automatically deducted on the tax statement and is included in the tax impact estimates provided by Ehlers.

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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