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Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

This site provides information for taxpayers of Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District regarding how the district’s proposed referendum will affect their property taxes. The site was prepared by the school district’s financial advisors, Ehlers. If you have questions about the information on this site, you may call Ehlers at the phone number listed below.

Determine Your Property Value

Before you begin, we suggest that first you find your most recent tax bill. It is titled "State of Wisconsin Real Estate Property Tax Bill for 2017", mailed by your local municipality in December of 2017.

The tax impact of the proposed bond issue will begin with 2019 property taxes (payable 2020), which will be based on the 2018 total assessed value of your property. Since the 2018 assessments are not available at this time, you will use 2017 property values to estimate the tax impact on your property.

To estimate the tax impact, the total estimated fair market value of your property from your State of Wisconsin Real Estate Property Tax Bill for 2017 can be used. You will find your fair market value listed as "Total Est. Fair Mkt." on your tax bill. Please note that we will not be using the "Total Assessed Value", which is also included on your tax bill.

On your Real Estate Property Tax Bill for 2017, you will find your property values that appear similar to the following:

Please note that the format each municipality uses for their tax bills may vary, but they all contain the Fair Market Value.

Option 1: Use the Tax Impact Chart

You can use a tax impact table to get a quick estimate of the tax impact on your property. Locate the equalized, or market, value of your property as listed under "Total Est. Fair Mkt."" value on your tax bill. Simply find the value in the left-hand column of the chart that best approximates the fair market value of your property. To view the tax impact table, click here.

Option 2: Use the Ehlers Tax Calculator

For a more precise estimate of the tax impact, enter the equalized, or market, value (labeled "Total Est. Fair Mkt."" on your tax bill). Enter this value below to see the estimated tax increase for your property.

(See your 2017 tax bill)

All property tax impact calculations are estimates.

Property tax impact calculations of the election are estimates for the initial year of this new debt or operating referendum only, and do not included tax levies for other purposes. The actual tax amount associated with the successful passage of this referendum will vary based on the following factors:

  • Actual debt costs, determined at the time of the bond sale.
  • Actual level of state aid that the District’s debt service qualifies for as certified by the State in October of each year.
  • Actual assessed value of your property.
  • Actual property valuation and tax rate within the resident municipality.
  • School levy credits applied to the tax impact (not included in tax impact estimates).
  • Changes in assessed values of other property within the municipality.
  • Changes in equalized values of properties in the municipalities located within the school district boundaries.

Deductibility of Property Taxes for State and Federal Income Taxes

If you itemize deductions for federal income taxes, you may deduct property taxes paid. Therefore, any increase in property taxes resulting from the proposed bond issue will reduce your income tax liability.

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