This site provides information for taxpayers of Independent School District 113 – Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 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 for a capital project levy on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 seeking voter approval of one ballot question.

QUESTION 1 would authorize the district to increase the capital project levy 0.979% times the net tax capacity of the school district to provide funds for the acquisition and installation technology and the replacement of school district vehicles, including school buses.  The proposed capital project levy authorization will raise approximately $200,000 in the first year it is to be levied, 2019, for taxes payable in 2020, and would be authorized for ten (10) years.  The estimated total cost of the projects to be funded over that time period is approximately $2,000,000.

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


Impact on Property Taxes

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.

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Click on the link below, enter your search criteria, and click “Go”.  Click the button to the right of your property from the search results. Click “Open” on the pop-up to open the document.  Scroll down to the “Tax Information” section and find the value listed for “Estimated Total Value” and use that number in the calculator below.

Cass 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).
Seasonal / Recreational Property
If you own seasonal or recreational property, enter the Estimated Market Value to see the potential tax impact.
Enter only whole numbers to the nearest dollar
(no dollar signs, commas, or decimals).

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