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Independent School District 116 – Pillager

Property Tax Information Site
ISD No. 116, Pillager School District

This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 116 – Pillager 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, May 14, 2019 seeking voter approval of two ballot questions:

Question 1 would authorize the district to issue up to $8,490,000 for the construction and equipping of additions to the elementary school site and facility; the remodeling of the elementary school, middle school and career and technical education facilities; and the completion of deferred maintenance projects at various District sites and facilities.

Question 2 is contingent on question 1 and would authorize the district to issue up to $5,900,000 for the construction and equipping of a multipurpose auditorium.

For additional information on how the funds would be used, click on the "Return to School District Website" button above.

Long Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM) Revenue

The state allows a portion of the projects included in Question 1 to be financed through annual LTFM revenue that the district receives. Including the projects in the school building bond instead of paying the expenditures on an annual basis will allow the district to fund the up-front cost of larger projects and complete the deferred maintenance in a shorter time frame. Should Question 1 pass, the district will reduce their annual LTFM revenue and pay for the projects out of the school building bond proceeds. In doing so, the property taxes that the district current levies through board authorized LTFM will be reduced by the board and will partially offset the increase in taxes resulting from the passage of the school building bond.

Impact on Property Taxes

Approval of the ballot questions would cause a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2020, 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 2020 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here

To go directly to the online tax calculator for residential homes, click here.

To go directly to the online tax calculator for commercial/industrial properties, click here.

Agricultural property owners, please contact Ehlers.

Your 2020 taxes will be based on the 2019 Estimated Market Value (EMV), which will be mailed to you by your County during the month of March. If you have not received your 2019 Valuation Notice for taxes payable in 2020, you will use the EMV from the 2018 Valuation Notice for taxes payable in 2019 mailed by your County in March 2018 (see example below). If you don't have a valuation notice available, contact your County and ask for the most recent total Estimated Market Value for your property or use the instructions below to find the value online.

Cass County
Assessor – (218) 547-7298

Instructions to view your property records online

Morrison County
Assessor – (320) 632-0101

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.


Enter only whole numbers to the nearest dollar (no dollar signs, commas, or decimals).

If you own COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL property, enter the Estimated Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact.

Enter only whole numbers to the nearest dollar (no dollar signs, commas, or decimals).

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 651-697-8500 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 ISD No. 116, Pillager 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

Beginning in taxes payable in 2018, this property tax credit provides 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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