This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 306-Laporte 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 presented 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 one ballot question.
QUESTION 1A would authorize the district to issue up to $5,750,000 in general obligation school building bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including roof replacement and the completion of various deferred maintenance projects at school sites and facilities.
For more information on how these funds would be used, view the District’s website.
The property tax levy for the payment on the new bonds would begin with taxes payable in 2024 (at a tax rate estimated to be level with taxes payable in 2023, along with the District’s existing debt) and the tax levies would remain in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2024 taxes, follow the instructions below or view a sample property value here.
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 “Agree” below the disclaimer (must allow pop-ups to see this screen) and enter in your search criteria. Select your parcel from the results screen and click to view your “Value Notice” listed in the right-hand column under the “Reports” section and select “Go”. Use the value listed as “Estimated Market Value” in the gray “Step 1” box near the top right of the page.
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.