DILWORTH, Minn.—A strong farm economy and vibrant communities are the key to the success of rural Minnesota. And the lifeblood for our rural communities is local government aid, state monies that let cities provide high-quality essential services while keeping property taxes affordable. LGA lets rural cities have the same level of services as much wealthier metro cities at roughly the same cost. Senior citizens, families and businesses benefit greatly in rural Minnesota from LGA and direct property tax relief for homeowners. In 2013-14, under Gov.
DILWORTH, Minn. — We face unique economic challenges in Greater Minnesota that too often are ignored by our policymakers in the Capitol. But these past two years were different. The Minnesota Legislature has just completed its 2014 session, and these were excellent sessions for us in Greater Minnesota. Just look at the progress that was made — for our rural schools, rural small businesses, seniors and hardworking families.
ST. PAUL — When Minnesotans last saw property tax stability, Daunte Culpepper led the Vikings, Kelly Clarkson became the first “American Idol” and Spider Man topped the box office charts. The year was 2002. Fast-forward to 2014. We have just learned some good news: Property taxes have stabilized and for many will actually be going down, thanks in large part to the investments in direct property tax relief made by the DFL-led Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton.