This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 194 – Lakeville, regarding how the district’s proposed operating 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 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 $100 per pupil.

QUESTION 2 proposes to increase its general education revenue by $250 per pupil.

QUESTION 2 IS CONTINGENT ON QUESTION 1, MEANING IT CAN ONLY PASS IF QUESTION 1 PASSES.

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


Impact on Property Taxes

Approval of the ballot questions would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2024 and increase each year by the rate of inflation beginning with taxes payable in 2025, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed operating referendum questions on your 2024 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.

NOTE: Agricultural property will pay taxes for the proposed referendum 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 referendum.

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.

Dakota County
Assessor - (651) 438-4597

Click on the link below, click “OK” on the pop up (must allow pop ups to see this screen) and enter in your search criteria. Your parcel information will show on the right hand side of your screen. Click the “Valuation Notice” link to view your 2023 values for taxes payable in 2024. Use the number listed as “Estimated Market Value” located in the top right under “Step 1” in the calculator below.

Dakota County Property Search

Scott County
Assessor - (952) 496-8115

Click on the link below and enter in your search criteria. On the results screen, select to view “Property Tax Detail/Statements” in the drop-down. In the “Reports” section on the right, select “Value Notice” and then push “Go.” This will bring up your 2023 Values for Taxes Payable in 2024. Use the number listed as “Estimated Market Value” located in the top right in the gray box labeled as “Step 1″ in the calculator below.

Scott County Property Search


ONLINE CALCULATORS: ESTIMATING TAX IMPACT

Residential Homesteads, Apartments and Commercial Industrial Property

If you own a residential homestead or commercial/industrial property, enter the Estimated Market Value to see the potential tax impact.

Enter only whole numbers to the nearest dollar
(no dollar signs, commas, or decimals).

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 $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.

  • 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 $128,280
  • Refund is on a sliding scale, based on your income and your total property tax burden
  • The maximum refund is $3,140
  • 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 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.

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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.