This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 129 – Montevideo, 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, November 7, 2023 seeking voter approval of two ballot questions.
QUESTION 1 would authorize the district to issue an amount not to exceed $49,975,000 in bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including converting the existing Montevideo Middle School site and facility for use as a grade K-4 elementary school; converting the existing Montevideo High School site and facility for use as a grade 5-8 middle school; the construction and equipping of a new high school addition to the existing high school site; and the decommissioning of the Sanford and Ramsey Elementary School sites and facilities.
QUESTION 2 would authorize the district to issue an amount not to exceed $11,335,000 in bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of an auditorium at the new high school site.
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.
Approval of the ballot questions would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2024, and the debt service tax levies would remain in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot questions on your 2024 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values 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.
Since Chippewa County’s Pay 2024 valuations are not available online at this time, please contact the county’s assessor (phone number listed above) and ask for your Pay 2024 Estimated Market Value to use in the calculator below.
Since Lac qui Parle County’s Pay 2024 valuations are not available online at this time, please contact the county’s assessor (phone number listed above) and ask for your Pay 2024 Estimated Market Value to use in the calculator below.
Click on the link below, select “I Accept,” click “Proceed” and enter in your search criteria. Select your parcel from the results screen (make sure to select the one labeled as “2023 Value for Tax Payable 2024”). Click on the “Value Information” tab and use the left-most value labeled as “Total MKT” in the calculator below.
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.