This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 197, regarding how the district’s proposed referendum questions 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, November 7, 2023 seeking voter approval of two ballot questions.
QUESTION 1 proposes to increase its general education revenue by $731 per pupil.
QUESTION 2 proposes to renew the district’s existing capital project levy authorization of 2.198107% times the net tax capacity of the school district which is set to expire after taxes payable in 2024. The additional revenue from this authorization will continue to fund student and staff devices, internet access and fiber connectivity, telecommunications, technology infrastructure, software licenses and to pay the costs of technology personnel and training.
For more information on how these funds would be used, return to the District’s referendum website.
Approval of the operating referendum (QUESTION 1) would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2024 and would be applicable for 10 years. This would also increase each year by the rate of inflation beginning with taxes payable in 2025, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.
The proposed renewed capital project levy authorization (QUESTION 2) would begin with taxes payable in 2025 and would be applicable for 10 years. The authorization will raise approximately $2,365,440 for taxes payable in 2025 and the estimated total cost of the projects to be funded over the seven years is approximately $23,654,400.
To determine the estimated impact of the proposed questions on your taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.
NOTE: Agricultural property will pay taxes for the proposed operating referendums based only on the value of the house, garage and one acre. Seasonal recreational residential property (i.e., cabins) will pay no taxes for the proposed operating referendums.
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. You can review the current value for taxes payable in 2024 using this Notice of Valuation and Classification, contact your county and ask for the 2023 EMV for taxes payable in 2024 or follow the instructions below to look up your 2024 EMV on your county’s website.
Click on the link below, select “Ok” on the pop-up (must allow pop-ups to see this screen) and then enter in your search criteria. Your parcel’s info will pop up on the right-hand side of your screen. Scroll down to the “Tax Information” section and use the number listed as, “Total Estimated Value” for the most current year in the calculator below.
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.