'Truth’ notices oversold Minneapolis tax increase

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 27, 2011 - 3:56 PM

The mailings signaled big property tax increases, but the school district expects to levy significantly less than its projection, and home values were adjusted down.

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citypersonNov. 26, 11 7:32 PM

Don't panic, just bend over. I'm a progressive and realize these tax increases that double and triple the inflation rate have to stop!

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furguson11Nov. 26, 11 8:23 PM

"Many city homeowners have complained that the preliminary tax notices they got in the mail appear to indicate that their taxes are going up, even while their home values appear to be going down." There is a lot of that going on right now everywhere.

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onelesscarNov. 26, 11 8:49 PM

These tax increase might make me move out of state or vote republican...Oye Vay!

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drfranktNov. 26, 11 8:50 PM

As your homeowners taxes rise and your home values go down, only one thing causes this...increased spending by those that are in position to control spending. Businesses have to worry about "controllables," and start to cut the "uncontrollables (such as # of employees, services provided, management positions, etc) why doesn't the goverment? Time to give this ever increasing spending problem some serious thought!

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grjanssenNov. 26, 11 9:05 PM

PLAY THE NUMBERS GAME any way you wish the facts are, my house was devalued $35K last year, and taxes rose 13.6%. This year projected to devalue $25K, taxes to rise $3.6%! House values ARTIFICIALLY inflated for a decade, taxes rose accordingly. House values REALISTICALLY reduced for last 2-3 years, taxes CONTINUE to rise. Medium priced Minneapolis homeowners are being gouged! The very ones who keep their homes in good repair are being taxed out of them! Obviously taxes are NOT based on house value but on how much can be squeezed from the owner!

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jarlmnNov. 26, 11 9:13 PM

Oh Thank you, thank you, thank you, benevolent and wonderful Mpls School Board ... is *that* what the take-home from this article is??? If the School Board has any smarts, which is doubtful, they will forbear passing on any and all increases, legally levied or not. Any School Board member who wants to keep their job after the next election, had better play their cards right and throw out the anchor on collecting any new taxes.

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marrmanNov. 26, 11 9:14 PM

Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs), making the truth less unpleasant, without denying its nature. It may also be deployed as intentional ambiguity, or reversal of meaning (for example, naming a state of war "peace"). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth, producing a communication bypass.

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sirboomNov. 26, 11 9:17 PM

I don't give a flying light bulb whether or not the schools will take a 9.5% or less levy. The fact is, it is a down economy, homes are worth less, and therefore cuts should be happening to avoid RAISING taxes at all, let alone coming up with some goofy crap that lowers the taxable value of a house yet somehow causes higher taxes. It's just absolutely absurd. Nobody quite gets that once taxes go up, they rarely, if ever, come down. Set precedent, get screwed.

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jbpaperNov. 26, 11 9:23 PM

Assessed value of house compared to 5 years ago: down 5% (down 22% from peak).

Property taxes compared to 5 years ago: up 42%

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mnmonkeyboyNov. 26, 11 9:25 PM

The Minneapolis budget when adjusted for inflation is less than it was in 1999..... Taxes have risen because the state is plugging it's budget with revenue that used to go to cities and towns. It is the state that has caused taxes to rise....they keep taking more and more revenue while Minneapolis is spending less.

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