This site provides information for taxpayers of Wayzata Public Schools 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.
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The district will be holding a special election on November 7, 2017, seeking voter approval of three questions.
Question 1 would revoke the district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $1,524.95 per pupil and replace it with a new authority of up to $2,000 per pupil. The proposed authority would be applicable for 10 years, beginning with taxes payable in 2018, and would increase each year by the rate of inflation. If approved, this would increase the district’s general fund revenue by approximately $5.5 million for fiscal year 2018-19, and would provide funding to maintain class sizes, provide students with needed support services, manage growing enrollment and stabilize the district budget.
Question 2 would authorize the district to issue up to $70,000,000 in school building bonds to address the district’s growth and facilities needs for:
Question 3 would renew a portion of the district’s technology levy that is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2019. The new levy would have the same tax rate as the expiring levy, and would be in place for ten years, beginning with taxes payable in 2020. It would provide funds to help maintain technology for students and staff to provide a personalized education and access to real-time educational resources.
For additional information on how the funds would be used, click on the "Return to School District Website" button above.
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 20 years, beginning in 2018. Approval of Question 3 would not cause an increase in taxes, as it would replace an existing levy that is expiring.
The district will make reductions in other tax levies (primarily the long-term facilities maintenance levy) if all three proposed referendum questions are approved. These decreases will partially offset the increases from the proposed referendum questions.
To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot questions on your 2018 taxes, and the impact of the reductions in taxes for other levies, 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.
Property tax information – (612) 348-3011
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 other types of property, either view the tax impact for sample property types and values here or contact Ehlers.
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.
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