This site provides information for taxpayers of the Ashby School District, 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 on this site, please contact Ehlers using the information provided below.
The district will hold a special election on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 seeking voter approval of one ballot question.
QUESTION 1 would authorize the district to issue an amount not to exceed $5,900,000 in bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of kindergarten classrooms, secondary classrooms, a science classroom, the construction of and improvements to parking lots, and other capital projects.
For more information on how these funds would be used, return to the District’s Referendum website.
Approval of the ballot question would result in a property tax change beginning with taxes payable in 2022, and the tax levies would remain in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2022 taxes, follow the instructions below or view a sample property value here.
Your 2022 taxes will be based on the 2021 Estimated Market Value (EMV), which was provided on the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” mailed by your county in March 2021. You can review the current value for taxes payable in 2022 using your current tax statement, contact your county and ask for the 2021 EMV for taxes payable in 2022, or follow the instructions below to look up your 2021 EMV on your county’s website.
Click on the link below, click on, “I Accept” and then enter in your search criteria. Select your parcel from the search results screen. Make sure to select the “2021 Value for Tax Payable 2022” option. Under the “Value Information” tab, use the value listed as “Total MKT” in the calculator below. If there are two different numbers listed, use the value on the left.
Click on the link below and enter in your search criteria. On the search results screen, click on your parcel. Click on the “Parcel Information” image or link. Use the value listed as “Total Value” for the most recent year in the calculator below.
This property tax credit originally took effect with property taxes payable in 2018. For taxes payable in 2022, the credit reduces taxes for owners of agricultural property in an amount equivalent to 60% 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. For taxes payable in 2018 and 2019, the credit was equivalent to 40%. Current law provides for a phased-in increase to the credit: 50% for taxes payable in 2020, 55% for taxes payable in 2021, 60% for taxes payable in 2022 and for taxes payable 2023 and later the credit will be 70%. 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 $116,180, 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 $60,000 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: