Mandan News

Mike Bitz – Comparing school property tax numbers

The Mandan School District will be hosting a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Bosh Froehlich Room of Mandan City Hall, 204 Second Ave. N.W, to gather input from taxpayers on the district’s 2013 property tax levy.

The 2013 Legislature passed two separate property tax relief bills that are designed to work in concert with one another. The first directs the county auditor to reduce each property tax bill by 12 percent before the bill is sent to the property owner..The second property tax relief bill passed by the Legislature provides for 50 mills of property tax relief to school districts with the expectation that this relief will be passed on to the taxpayers. The Legislature has put hard caps in place to prevent school districts from not passing this property tax relief onto the taxpayers without the approval of the local taxpayers.

In 2012, the Mandan School District levied 156.24 mills. The mill levy being proposed by the Mandan School District for 2013 is 104.18 mills. This is a reduction of 52.06 mills, which includes 50 mills of property tax relief from the Legislature and an additional 2.06 mills of property tax relief from the Mandan School Board. However, Mandan taxpayers gave approval for the construction of a new elementary school in September 2012. To cover the payments on this new school it will require a levy of 9.7 mills, for a total levy of 113.88 mills. This is a net reduction of 42.36 mills, a 27.11 percent reduction from the 2012 mill levy.

Although the mill levy in the Mandan School District is being reduced by 27.11 percent, state law requires that we list this as a 10.94 percent increase. If the 9.7 mills required to pay for the new elementary school is not considered, the increase the school district would be required to list would be 1.49 percent.

The chart shows the 2012 Mandan School District total tax levy in dollars compared to what is being proposed in 2013.

In addition to the tax relief discussed above, Mandan taxpayers will receive an additional 12 percent reduction on their entire property tax bill, not just the schools portion.

Hopefully, this article has been informative to you. If you have any questions or concerns about the school district’s mill levy, please feel free to call me at the school (751-6500) or email me at Mike.Bitz@msd1.org.

Bitz tax chart