BoardDocs® Policy: po9270 HOME-BASED, PRIVATE, OR TRIBAL SCHOOLINGThis site provides information for taxpayers of The Southern Door County School District, 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.

About the Referendum

The district will hold a special election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 seeking voter approval of two ballot questions.

QUESTION 1 would authorize the District to exceed the revenue limit by $975,000 per year for three years, beginning with the 2023-2024 school year and ending with the 2025-2026 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of expenses associated with providing student support services including mental health, updating curriculum materials, maintaining technology equipment, maintaining programs and services, and using for wages and benefits to attract and retain teachers and staff.

QUESTION 2 would authorize the district to issue up to $14,900,000 in bonds for school building and facility improvement projects consisting of: district-wide remodeling, classroom updates and capital maintenance, building systems, safety and site improvements; construction of a sports training facility at the High School; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

For more information on how these funds would be used, view the District’s referendum website.

Impact on Property Taxes

Approval of QUESTION 1 would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2024, and the tax levies would remain in place for 3 years.

Approval of QUESTION 2 would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2024, and the debt service levies would remain in place for 14 years.

To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2024 taxes, follow the instructions below.

Your 2024 taxes will be based on the 2023 total assessed value of your property. Since the 2023 assessments are not available at this time, you will use your 2022 property values to estimate the tax impact on your property. To estimate the tax impact, you can use the total estimated fair market value of your property from your State of Wisconsin Real Estate Property Tax Bill for 2022. You will find your fair market value listed as “Total Est. Fair Mkt.” on your tax bill (right insert). Please note that we will not be using the “Total Assessed Value”, which is also included on your tax bill.


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).

All Property Tax Impact Calculations Are Estimates


Property tax impact calculations of the election are estimates for the initial year of this new debt and operating referendum only, and do not included tax levies for other purposes.  The actual tax amount associated with the successful passage of this referendum will vary based on the following factors:

  • Actual debt costs, determined at the time of the bond sale
  • Actual level of state aid that the District’s debt service qualifies for as certified by the State in October of each year
  • Actual assessed value of your property
  • Actual property valuation and tax rate within the resident municipality
  • Changes in assessed values of other property within the municipality