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Benson Public Schools

Property Tax Information Site
Benson Public Schools No. 777

This site provides information for taxpayers of Benson Public Schools regarding how the district's proposed referendum would 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, contact Ehlers at the numbers listed below.

About the Referendum

The district will be holding a special election on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 seeking voter approval of $26,300,000 in general obligation school building bonds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including: the demolition and removal of the existing auditorium and junior high school facility and the construction and equipping of a new auditorium addition; the construction of security improvements to the entrances at the high school and the Northside Elementary School facilities; the construction and equipping of additional classrooms and related facilities at the high school and of additional space at the Northside Elementary School for child care and early childhood programs; and the construction and equipping of a community multiuse cafeteria and activity space and the remodeling of the school kitchen at the Northside Elementary 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 questions would cause a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2019, and the debt service tax levies would be in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot questions on your 2019 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.

Your 2019 taxes will be based on the 2018 Estimated Market Value (EMV) listed on the "Notice of Valuation and Classification" mailed by your county in March 2018 (see example below). If you don't have that document available, contact your county and ask for the 2018 EMV for taxes payable in 2019 or find the information online using the instructions below.

Swift County
Assessor's Office – (320) 842-5891

Instructions to view your property records online

Pope County
Assessor's Office – (320) 634-7715

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, we recommend you 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 email 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 any member of the Education Team regarding the tax impact of the Benson School District referendum; have your Property I.D. number(s) ready.
    • 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

Effective for taxes payable in 2018, 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 applies to debt service taxes for all types of existing and future building bonds for construction and renovation projects. The credit is automatically deducted on the tax statement and is included in the tax impact estimates provided by Ehlers.

Specific information that may affect some property owners’ situations is included below:

  1. Minnesota Homestead Credit Refund
  2. Special Property Tax Refund
  3. Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

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