This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 363 – South Koochiching – Rainy River, 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, April 13, 2021 seeking voter approval of one ballot question.
QUESTION 1 would authorize the district to issue an amount not to exceed $5,495,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of existing school sites and facilities, deferred maintenance projects, the repair and replacement of roofing, and the acquisition, construction and installation of various heating and ventilation improvements at both the Indus and Northome school sites.
For more information on how these funds would be used, return to the District’s website.
Approval of the ballot question would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2022, and the debt service tax levies would remain in place for 22 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2022 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.
Your 2022 taxes will be based on the 2021 Estimated Market Value (EMV), which will be provided on the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” mailed by your county in March 2021 (the example shows 2020). Because the county has not yet published your value for taxes payable 2022, you can review the current value for taxes payable in 2021 using the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” that was mailed by your county in March 2020, your current tax statement, contact your county and ask for the 2020 EMV for taxes payable in 2021, or follow the instructions below to look up your 2020 EMV on your county’s website. Please note there may be a change assessed by the county that would be reflected on the next year’s valuation.
Click on the link below, scroll all the way down and click on “Property Tax Information” in the bottom left. On the next screen, enter in your search criteria and on the search results screen, click your parcel located on the left hand side of the screen. Use the number listed as “Grand Total Value” 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: