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Brainerd School District

Property Tax Information Site
Brainerd Public Schools District No. 181

This site provides information for taxpayers of Brainerd School District 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 Steve Lund, ISD 181 Business Manager at 218-454-6905 or Ehlers.

About the Referendum Questions

The district will be holding a special election on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 seeking voter approval of three ballot questions:

Question 1, Elementary Schools and Early Childhood Facilities, would authorize the district to issue up to $68,360,000 in voter approved bonds, which, in combination with other financing sources approved by the school board, would fund $104,000,000 to improve each of the district’s elementary schools and early childhood facilities. More information about the projects at each building can be found by clicking here.

Question 2, Secondary Schools and Alternative Education Facilities, would authorize the district to issue up to $69,350,000 in voter approved bonds, which, in combination with other financing sources approved by the school board, would fund $93,000,000 to improve secondary schools and alternative education facilities. More information about the projects at each building can be found by clicking here.

Question 3, High School and Community Performing Arts Center, would authorize the district to issue up to $8,000,000 in voter approved bonds to expand the proposed auditorium at the high school north campus to serve as a performing arts center.

The passage of Question 3 is contingent on the passage of Question 2, as the board has determined that the construction of the performing arts center should occur only at the same time as other improvements at the north high school campus. Question 1 and Question 2 are independent of each other.

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 25 years. To determine the estimated increase in taxes on your property from 2018 to 2019 for each of the proposed ballot questions and their associated financing plan, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.

Your 2019 property taxes will be based on the 2018 Estimated Market Value (EMV). However, the exact amount of the 2018 EMV for your property will not be available until Spring 2018. For now, you can use the 2017 notice listed on the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” mailed by your county (see example below).

If you don't have that document available, you can:

  1. Contact the office of your county assessor and ask for the 2017 EMV for taxes payable in 2018. Here are the numbers:

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

    Crow Wing County
    Assessor’s Office – (218) 824-1010

    Morrison County
    Land Services – (320) 632-0170

  2. Check your property value online:

    Crow Wing County

    Instructions to view your property records online

    Morrison County

    Instructions to view your property records online

After you receive the 2018 Notice of Valuation and Classification, you can update the estimates using the Estimated Market Value shown there.

Tax Calculator

If you own a RESIDENTIAL HOMESTEAD property, enter the Estimated Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact. Note that this is the impact of the financing of the entire project under each question, not just the portion funded by the referendum bonds.

If you own COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL property, enter the Estimated Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact. Note that this is the impact of the financing of the entire project under each question, not just the portion funded by the referendum bonds.

If you own AGRICULTURAL, SEASONAL RECREATION or 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 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 651-697-8584 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 Brainerd 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.

Ways That Your Property Taxes May Be Reduced

School Building Bond Agricultural Credit (Ag2School Tax Credit)

Minnesota Homestead Credit Refund

Special Property Tax Refund

Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

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