Ehlers & Associates, Inc.
Rochester School District

Property Tax Information Site
Rochester Public School District, ISD 535

This site provides information for taxpayers of Rochester School District regarding the potential property tax impact of the proposed November 5, 2019 bond referendum. 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, November 5, 2019 seeking voter approval of two ballot questions:

The first question will address capacity at the elementary and middle schools, safety at all school sites, additional land purchases for future elementary and high school growth, and auditorium upgrades at all three high schools. The investment for the projects included in the first question is $171.4 million. Specifically, question one proposes:

  • Building a new elementary school on existing land in NW Rochester
  • Reconstructing Bishop and Longfellow Elementary Schools
  • Building a new middle school in SW Rochester
  • The purchase of land for additional growth (on March 19, 2019 the district secured land with a purchase agreement contingent on the referendum passing.)
  • Upgrades to safety and security at all school buildings
  • Upgrades to the three high school auditoriums

The second question, contingent on the first question passing, will address closing the middle school pools to save money/reduce operating costs, in addition to building a new pool at Century HS and updating the pool dive well at Mayo HS. The investment for the projects included in the second question is $9.5 million. 

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

Impact on Property Taxes

Tax impact information shows the estimated tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2020, and the debt service tax levies are currently planned to be in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed survey questions on your 2020 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.

Your 2020 taxes will be based on the 2019 Estimated Market Value (EMV). Because that valuation is not yet available, you will need to use the 2018 Payable 2019 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.

Olmsted County
Assessor's Office – (507) 328-7670

Instructions to view your property records online

Wabasha County
Assessor's Office – (651)-565-3669

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 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 Rochester 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 and later, 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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