This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 561-Goodridge regarding how the district’s proposed school building bond 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, November 7, 2023, seeking voter approval of one ballot question.
QUESTION 1: Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 561 (Goodridge Public School) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $21,350,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of classroom additions to the school site and facility; the construction of improvements to repurpose and remodel existing classroom spaces; the construction and equipping of a new gymnasium facility including weight room and locker rooms; renovations and upgrades to the science lab, career and technical education (CTE) spaces and restrooms; the construction of improvements to relocate the main office to the ground level; and upgrades and improvements to the boiler and HVAC systems?
For more information on how these funds would be used, view the District’s referendum website.
Approval of the ballot question would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2024, and the debt service tax levies would remain in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2024 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values 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.
If you own any agricultural property, please use the Agricultural Property section below for all of your properties (regardless of classification). Do not use the Residential Homestead Property calculator as it may not provide you with an accurate estimated tax impact calculation.
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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 6 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 and the maximum refund is $2,500.
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.