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Truth in Taxation hearing set for Dec. 8

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District 191 residents will have the opportunity to comment on the district's proposed tax levy for 2023 as part of the annual Truth in Taxation meeting, scheduled for Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Any resident who wishes to speak as part of the hearing must sign up to speak by the time the meeting starts or by calling the superintendent’s office in advance at 952-707-2005.

Property Tax Refund/Deferral Information

The state of Minnesota has programs that may allow property taxpayers to defer portions of their property tax or receive a refund. 

If you're a Minnesota homeowner or renter, you may qualify for a Property Tax Refund. The refund provides property tax relief depending on your income and property taxes. Learn more or call 651-296-3781. 

The Minnesota Homestead Credit Refund can provide relief to homeowners paying property taxes, regardless of income. Learn more or call 651-296-3781. 

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens may allow you to defer a portion of the property taxes you owe. Learn more or call 651-556-6091. 

District 191 Levy for 2023 Information

After years of flat or declining tax levies, better than expected enrollment and inflation will lead to a levy increase in 2023. 

Reasons for this year’s increase

  • Most importantly, enrollment is significantly higher than originally projected. After declining by an average of 320 students per year since 2017-18, enrollment declined by only 115 students from 2020-21 to 2021-22, and enrollment for the current year is basically flat compared to last year. 
  • The district’s voter-approved levy is tied to inflation, which the state has set at 7.15% for 2020-21 and at 5.66% for 2022-23. 
  • The levy includes a one-time increase for a needed facility maintenance project, replacing the boiler at William Byrne Elementary. This project is necessary for the effective operation of the school and will save money in the long run because of increased efficiency. 

Levy History

  • Last year, the district levy decreased by $2.7 million, a 6.15% reduction.
  • The previous two years (2020 and 2019), the district levy remained almost flat. 
  • Since 2019, the district levy has increased by a total of 10.8%, or an average of 3.61% per year. 

 

Year

Total Levy

Annual % change

2018 (Pay 19)

$43.70 million

 

2019 (Pay 20)

$44.24 million

1.24%

2020 (Pay 21)

$44.11 million

-0.30%

2021 (Pay 22)

$41.40 million

-6.15%

2022 (Pay 23)

$49.03 million

18.45%

Total change from 2019 to 2023

10.83%

 

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