This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 330-Heron Lake-Okabena regarding how the district’s proposed referendum may affect property taxes. The site was prepared in cooperation with Ehlers, the district’s independent municipal advisor.
If you have questions about the information presented on this site, please contact Ehlers using the information provided below.
The district will hold a special election on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, seeking voter approval of one ballot question.
QUESTION 1 would authorize the district to issue up to $2,500,000 in general obligation school building bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the completion of various deferred maintenance projects at school sites and facilities, including the construction of a new roof on a portion of the high school, the installation of a new pool filtering system at the elementary school, and repairs and maintenance to the building envelope at the elementary school.
For more information on how these funds would be used, view the District’s website.
The property tax levy for the payment on the new bonds would begin with taxes payable in 2024 (at a tax rate estimated to be level with taxes payable in 2023, along with the District’s existing debt) and the tax levies would remain in place for 15 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2024 taxes, follow the instructions below or view a sample property value here.
Your 2024 taxes will be based on the 2023 Estimated Market Value (EMV), which was provided on the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” mailed by your county in March 2023.
Click on the link below (click, “Agree” on the pop up if one shows up), enter your search criteria and select your parcel from the results screen. Enter your search criteria and select your parcel from the results screen. Scroll down to the section labeled, “Valuation” and use the “Estimated Market Value” for the 2023 assessment year in the calculator below.
Click on the link below (click, “Agree” on the pop up if one shows up), enter your search criteria and select your parcel from the results screen. Scroll to, “2023 Values for 2024 Taxes” section and use the value listed as, “Total Value” under the “Market” column in the calculator below. If 2024 taxes are not yet available online, please call the assessor directly to ask for your Estimated Market Value for taxes payable in 2024.
Click on the link below (click, “Agree” on the pop up if one shows up), enter in your search criteria and select your parcel from the results screen. Make sure to select the parcel labeled as “2023 Value for Tax Payable 2024”. Click to view the “Value Information” tab and use the value listed as, “Total MKT” in the calculator below. If there are two different values shown, use the left value.
This property tax credit originally took effect with property taxes payable in 2018. For taxes payable in 2023 and later, the credit reduces taxes for owners of agricultural property in an amount equivalent to 70% of the taxes attributable to school district debt service for all agricultural property, except for the house, garage, and one acre. This credit is directly deducted from property taxes owed and applies to debt service levies for all types of existing and future bonds for construction and renovation projects. The credit is paid through an open and standing appropriation, which means that no action by the Legislature is required each year for this credit to be paid from the state general fund. The credit is automatically deducted on the tax statement and is included in the tax impact estimates provided by Ehlers.
If your household income is less than approximately $128,280, you may qualify for the Homestead Credit Refund (also known as the “Circuit Breaker” refund). This program, which has existed since the 1970s, is intended to reduce tax burdens for homeowners with relatively low incomes and relatively high property tax burdens. Some important facts about this program are summarized below.
If your total property taxes increase by more than 12 percent and more than $100 from one year to the next, you may qualify for a state refund equal to a portion of the increase. There is no income limit for this refund.
To determine eligibility and refund amounts, complete Minnesota tax form M1PR.
If you are 65 years or older and have a household income of $96,000 or less, you may be eligible to defer a portion of the property taxes on your home, through the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program. The program:
The 2023 Legislature modified the requirements of this program by increasing the household income limit to $96,000. This new income limit is in effect for taxes payable in 2024 and later years.