Taxpayers in Alexandria School District 206 will see a slight decrease in the school portion of their taxes next year.

Alexandria School Board members approved the district’s property tax levy during the truth-in-taxation portion of the Monday, Dec. 20, regular board meeting.

The levy was set at $16.23 million, which is a decrease of about 0.32% from this year’s levy of $16.18 million. Of the $16.23 million levy, about half, $8.29 million, is from voter-approved levies.

“When we can bring a decrease to our taxpayers, we are ecstatic about it,” said Trevor Peterson, director of business services. “It’s good news.”

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Alan Zeithamer, school board member, said, “As a school system, administration team and board, we are making good use of taxpayer dollars. The numbers show it and we should be proud of that.”

The levy is divided among the general fund, community service fund, debt service and OPEB debt service, which is for retirement. Here’s a look at the individual amounts:

  • General fund levy – $8.36 million

  • Community service fund levy – $639,840

  • Debt service fund levy – $6.48 million

  • OPEB debt service fund levy – $739,898

Information provided by Jill Johnson, communications and marketing director, noted that the taxes paid in 2022 will provide revenue for the district’s 2022-23 fiscal year. Peterson added that this is different from the city, county and townships because the fiscal year for the school district lags behind those entities by about six months.

The final levy reflects no change from the preliminary levy that was approved in September.

Peterson provided detailed information to the board and those in attendance about the levy, including background on property tax levies, legislative changes that could affect a levy, estimated impact on taxpayers, information on school funding and the district’s budget as well as how the Alexandria School District compares to other school districts in the state.

There are several factors that cause property tax changes, including:

  • Voter approved referendums

  • Changes in enrollment

  • Levy adjustments to prior years

  • Legislative changes

  • Changes in market values

  • Changes in class rates

  • Changes in property classification

Peterson also called the Minnesota school district property tax system complicated because it is comprised of 39 pages of calculations; contains 40 different levy categories; is calculated on two property tax bases – referendum market value and net tax capacity; contains four different funds – general fund, community service fund, debt service fund and OPEB debt service; and is broken out into two different categories on property tax statements – voter approved levies and other local levies. He said people need to make sure when they look at their statements to add those two together to figure out the total.

For questions, contact Peterson at 320-762-2141 ext. 4206.