This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 306 – Laporte, regarding how the district’s proposed capital project levy 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 for a capital project levy on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 seeking voter approval of one ballot question.
QUESTION 1 proposes an authorization in the amount of 10.287% times the net tax capacity of the school district. The money raised by the capital project levy authorization will be used to cover costs related to the purchase, replacement, support and maintenance of technology, computers, technology systems and software, phone systems, security camera systems, the purchase, repair and replacement of the roof, flooring, tile and carpeting, HVAC systems and boilers.
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 raising approximately $300,000 the first year it is to be levied beginning with taxes payable in 2021, and the debt service tax levies would remain in place for 10 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2021 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.
Your 2021 taxes will be based on the 2020 Estimated Market Value (EMV), which was provided on the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” mailed by your county in March 2020 (see example). If you don’t have that document available, please 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.
Click on the link below and enter your search criteria. On the search results screen, click “view report” for your parcel. Use the value listed as “Total Estimated Market Value” for the most current year in the calculator below.
If your adjusted gross income is less than approximately $115,020, 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: