This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 659, Northfield Public Schools, 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 on this site, please contact Ehlers using the information provided below.


About the Referendum

The school board of Independent School District No. 659 (Northfield Public Schools) will hold a school building bond referendum on November 5, 2024, asking voters to approve three questions.

Question 1 would authorize the District to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $95,380,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, replacing a portion of the high school building with new construction, renovations, improvements, and upgrades to the high school building, facilities, site, and systems, and purchasing equipment and furnishings.

Question 2, which is contingent on Question 1 being approved, would authorize the District to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $18,725,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, the construction of a field house addition at the high school.

Question 3, which is contingent on Questions 1 and 2 being approved, would authorize the District to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,975,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, the construction and installation of a geothermal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

For more information on how these funds would be used, return to the District’s website.


Impact on Property Taxes

Approval of the ballot question(s) would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2025, and the tax levies would remain in place for 30 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2025 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.

 

Your 2025 taxes will be based on the 2024 Estimated Market Value (EMV), which was provided on the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” mailed by your county in March 2024.

Rice County
Property Tax Information - 507-332-6102

Click on the link below and enter the search type (parcel ID, name, address, or plat). Scroll to the Valuation section.  Use the value listed as the “EMV (Estimated Market Value) Total” in the Payable 2025 column for the calculator below.

Rice County Property Search

Dakota County
Property Tax Information - 651-438-4200

Click on the link below and enter the search type (parcel ID or address). When your property information appears in the search results, click on “valuation notice.”  Doing so will open a PDF document. Use the value listed as the “Estimated Market Value” near the top right of the page for the calculator below.

Dakota County Property Search

 

Goodue County
Property Tax Information - 651-385-3040

Goodhue County does not currently have an online property search site.  Please refer to the Estimated Market Value for Pay 2025 on the valuation statement that was mailed to you in March 2024.


ONLINE CALCULATORS: ESTIMATING TAX IMPACT

Residential Homestead Property

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).
Commercial / Industrial Property

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).
Agricultural Property

If you own agricultural or other types of property, please complete the following form and submit it to Ehlers. Once we receive it, an Ehlers representative will contact your county to find the value and classification of your property, calculate the tax impact and contact you via phone or email with the results.  Please allow 1-3 days for completion. PLEASE NOTE: you may enter up to 10 property IDs by clicking the “+” button at the end of each row. For more than 10 properties, please contact Ehlers.

  • Parcel Owner NameParcel ID/Property IDCounty parcel is located in 

If you have any questions, please call Ehlers at 1-800-552-1171 and ask to speak with a member of our Education Team.


There are certain Minnesota Tax Credits and Deferrals that may affect certain property owners' situations. They include:

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Minnesota Homestead Credit Refund

If your household income is less than approximately $135,410, 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.

  • Available each year to owners of homestead property
  • Applies only to the taxes attributable to the house, garage, and one acre on agricultural homestead property
  • Available to all owners of residential homestead and agricultural homestead property with household incomes of less than $135,410
  • Refund is on a sliding scale, based on your income and your total property tax burden
  • The maximum refund is $3,310
  • Also available to renters
  • To determine eligibility and refund amounts, complete Minnesota tax form M1PR
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Special Property Tax Refund

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 and the maximum refund is $1,000.

To determine eligibility and refund amounts, complete Minnesota tax form M1PR.

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Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

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:

  • Limits the maximum amount of property tax you pay to 3 percent of your total household income
  • Provides predictability; the amount of tax you pay will not change for as long as you participate in this 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.