STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER ‘People have a right to expect lower property taxes’
By Don Davis
The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up.
By mid-December, city, county and... Posted on 11/25/13 at 9:07 AM
OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Property Taxes: Whose Money Is in the Bucket?
I've had a few questions about several stories I've written about property taxes, and I would like to share with you my bucket analogy, which simplifies some of the complex things that determine a per... Posted on 4/5/12 at 1:52 PM
Meeting for the first time Friday, members of Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s newly formed Task Force on Property Tax Reform wasted little time before digging into the state’s plethora of local property taxes, trying to separate them into groups that should be scrapped, bundled, further analyzed or left alone.
Thirty years ago, a cranky state legislator sent a cranky note to the editor. “The Herald’s never met a tax it didn’t like,” the curmudgeon declared. Not so, the editor replied in this space. The tax that the Herald doesn’t like is the property tax.
The blizzard of giant postcards filling Minnesotans’ mailboxes just before the election seeks to blame our local government officials for raising property taxes.
This message is a grand deception designed to deflect blame for Minnesota’s fiscal mess from the legislative leadership to local city councils, county commissions and school boards.
This property tax hike should weigh heavily on the minds of rural voters. That’s because a big reason for it is the fact that Republican legislators, including Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, turned their back on rural Minnesotans by voting to eliminate the Homestead Credit.
The problem is, where does it stop?
Will there ever be a decrease in property taxes, or do they just keep going up and up and up?
Grand Forks has some of the highest property taxes in the state, and I can’t understand why or where it all goes.
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