This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 278 – Orono, 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 for a capital project levy on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 seeking voter approval of one ballot question.
QUESTION 1 would authorize the district to revoke its existing capital project levy authorization and replace that authorization with a new authorization. The existing authorization raises approximately $1,066,453 per year, and the proposed authorization will raise approximately $2,109,804 for taxes payable in 2020, the first year it is to be levied, and would be authorized for ten (10) years. The money raised by the capital project levy authorization will provide funds for the acquisition, installation and maintenance of technology to improve teaching and learning.
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 beginning with taxes payable in 2020, and the tax levies would remain in place for 10 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question 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.
Click on the link below and choose your preferred search method. Enter your search criteria and click on the correct parcel from the list of results. Click on the “Current year values” link and then find the “Values Estimated” section in gray. Enter the value from the “Totals:” row in the tax calculator below (do not use the value amount labeled “Total Taxable Market Value:”).
Only bond payments qualify for the agricultural tax credit, therefore there is no credit related to the capital project levy.
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.
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: