This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 912 – Milaca, regarding how the district’s proposed referendum may affect property taxes.  If you have questions about information provided here, please contact Ehlers, the district’s independent Municipal Advisor, using the information provided below.


About the Referendum

The district will hold a special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 seeking voter approval of two ballot questions.

QUESTION 1 would authorize the district to increase the School District’s general education revenue by $250.95 per pupil, subject to an annual increase at the rate of inflation. The proposed new referendum revenue authorization would be first levied in 2019 for taxes payable in 2020 and applicable for 10 years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.

QUESTION 2 would authorize the district to issue up to $5,100,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including career and technical education facility improvements, various required capital maintenance projects inclusive of roofing, pool, windows and security.

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 2020, and the tax levies for question 1 would remain in place for 10 years and the debt service tax levies for question 2 would remain in place for 15 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot questions on your 2020 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.

Your 2020 taxes will be based on the 2019 Estimated Market Value (EMV), which was provided on the “Notice of Valuation and Classification” mailed by your county in March 2019 (see example). If you don’t have that document available, please contact your county and ask for the 2019 EMV for taxes payable in 2020, or follow the instructions below to look up your 2019 EMV on your county’s website.

Mille Lacs County
Assessor - (320) 983-8311

Click on the link below, check “I Accept” and then click “Proceed”. Enter your search criteria and push “Search”. On the search results screen, click on your parcel for the most current payable year on the left side of the page. Then click on the “Valuation” tab up top and find the value listed as “Total MKT”. If there are two numbers listed, use the one on the left in the calculator below.

Mille Lacs County Property Search

Morrison County
Assessor - (320) 632-0100

Click on the link below and enter your search criteria.  On the search results screen, click on your parcel id on the left. Then scroll down the page to the section titled “Valuation”, and find the “EMV (Estimated Market Value) Total” in the most recent payable year column.  Use this number in the tax calculator below.

Morrison County Property Search

Benton County
Assessor - (320) 968-5019

Click on the link below and click “Agree” on the pop-up.  Enter your search criteria and click on your parcel from the search results on the left-hand side of your screen. Then scroll down to the section titled “Valuation” and find the most recent “Estimated Market Value”. Use that number in the calculator below.

Benton County Property Search

Kanabec County
Assessor - (320) 679-6420

Click on the link below and select “Agree” in the pop-up.  Enter your search criteria and click “Search”.  On the search results screen, click on the parcel number for your property located on the left-hand side of the screen.  Then scroll to the “Valuation” section and find the value listed as “Estimated Market Value” for the most current assessment year and use that amount in the calculator below.

Kanabec County Property Search

 

Isanti County
Assessor - (763) 689-1644

Click on the link below, enter your search criteria, and on the search results screen, click on your property’s parcel number in the right-hand column. Scroll down to the “Tax Statements & Links” section highlighted in green on the right hand side and click to see your most recent tax statement.  Use the “Estimated Market Value” listed for the most current year in the calculator below.

Isanti County Property Search


ONLINE CALCULATORS: ESTIMATING TAX IMPACT

Residential Homestead Property
If you own a RESIDENTIAL HOMESTEAD property, enter the Estimated Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact
Enter only whole numbers to the nearest dollar
(no dollar signs, commas, or decimals).
Commercial / Industrial Property
If you own COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL property, enter the Estimated Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact.
Enter only whole numbers to the nearest dollar
(no dollar signs, commas, or decimals).
Agricultural Property
If you own agricultural or other types of property, please complete the following form and submit it to Ehlers. Once we receive, an Ehlers representative will contact your county to find the value and classification of your property, calculate the tax impact and contact you via phone or email with the results.  Please allow 1-3 days for completion. PLEASE NOTE: you may enter up to 10 property IDs by clicking the "+" button at the end of each row. For more than 10 properties, please contact Ehlers.
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If you have any questions, please call Ehlers at 1-800-552-1171 and ask to speak with a member of our Education Team.

There are certain Minnesota Tax Credits and Deferrals that may affect certain property owners’ situations. They include:

Minnesota Homestead Credit Refund

If your adjusted gross income is less than approximately $113,150, 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 $113,150
  • Refund is on a sliding scale, based on your income and your total property tax burden
  • The maximum refund is $2,770
  • Also available to renters
  • To determine eligibility and refund amounts, complete Minnesota tax form M1PR
Special Property Tax Refund

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.

Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

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:

  • 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