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Northfield School District

Property Tax Information Site
Northfield Public Schools

This site provides information for taxpayers of the Northfield 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, 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 November 7, 2017, seeking voter approval of two questions.

Question 1 would revoke the district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $1,497.17 per pupil and replace it with a new authority of $1,967.32 per pupil, an increase of $470.15 per pupil. The proposed authority would be applicable for 10 years, beginning with taxes payable in 2018. If approved, this would increase the district’s general fund revenue by approximately $2 million per year.

Question 2 would authorize the district to issue up to $109 million in general obligation school building bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including:

  • constructing a new high school on the current high school property and demolishing the existing high school;
  • constructing a new elementary school at the same location as the current Greenvale Park elementary site;
  • repurposing the current Greenvale Park Elementary School as an early childhood center; and
  • modest renovations or additions at Bridgewater Elementary, Sibley Elementary, and Longfellow School.

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 Question 1 would cause an increase in taxes for ten years, beginning in 2018. Approval of Question 2 would cause an increase in taxes for 25 years, beginning in 2018.

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.

The 2017 Payable 2018 Estimated Market Value (EMV) is listed on the “Valuation Notice” mailed by your county in March 2017 (see example below). If you don't have that document available, find the information online using the instructions below or contact your county and ask for the 2017 EMV for taxes payable in 2018.

Rice County
Assessor's Office – (507) 332-6102

Instructions to view your property records online

Dakota County
Property Taxation and Records – (651) 438-4576

Instructions to view your property records online

Goodhue County
Finance and Taxpayer Services – (651) 385-3040

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 a member of the Education Team. Tell the Ehlers representative that you are calling about the tax impact of the Northfield 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.

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 Homestead Credit 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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