Tax changes vex metro-area homeowners

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE and ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: December 10, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Most metro-area property taxpayers will pay more in 2012, even though home values continue to decline.

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pitythefoolsDec. 10, 11 8:55 PM

Aw...so the Republicans removed the homestead tax credit and your property taxes went up. Repubicans never met a tax increase on the middle class they didn't love. Think again before you vote Republican. Ever. Again.

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jo1glexDec. 10, 11 9:43 PM

Why is everyone complaining? This is what you've been voting for.

The Republicans have been promising this for decades. They're not hiding their aims. The Republicans mean to transfer what wealth the Middle Class still has to the global super-elite. The current financial crisis is their golden opportunity, and they're not going to miss it.

Income taxes are shifting the burden off of wealth and ownership, and onto work at jobs. Property taxes are shifting the burden off of business and onto home ownership. Next the middle class will lose the mortgage interest deduction. And don't hold your breath waiting for the Democrats to lift a finger to help the Middle Class. That would be "Class Warfare," and we can't have that. "Class Slaughter," on the other hand, seems to be just fine.

At every level, costs are being "devolved" to the more local level, regardless of the costs or available revenue to pay for them. Federal and State programs to balance out the effects of wealth differentials are being cut in the name of fairness to the Elites. And still, we hear how 47% of Americans don't pay any taxes, and those who pay very little in taxes should pay far more--in the middle of a Depression--to protect the wealthy.

A measly property tax shift onto homeowners is the least of it. The financial trap is just being sprung. Look to Greece, Italy and Latvia in particular, to see what they're going to bring us next. The Grand Looting of America is just beginning.

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jessy09Dec. 10, 1111:46 PM

I'm so glad Pawlenty and the GOP held the line on tax increases.

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gandalf48Dec. 11, 11 1:11 AM

The format changed, instead of a tax break the overall taxable amount on a homestead decreased. The problem is the lack of cutting at the county and city levels. This is very simple math, you can't really expect me to believe that you cut spending even though my taxes increased. From what I could tell on my property tax form, Hennepin county cut the "proposed" budget for 2012 by 3.3%. That means nothing, since I am seeing a tax increase of 4.8%, that means the estimated increase was 8.1% but they only increased spending by 4.8% (3.3% drop from previous estimations). Please stop with the deceptive talk of cuts when it's just a lower increase than previously estimated. I even figured out how much my tax rate increased due to the loss of the value of my house.....my tax rate increased by 15%, that's right 15%! Why can't that number be easily shown in my property tax information? Why hide it? Sorry but the whole process is very deceptive; and it is used to make cities and counties look responsible and to appear as if they are making real cuts when in reality they are not. It's just sad that the average property tax payer is not investigating and understanding the real numbers. I believe we are all owed that, just resend out the property tax forms with last years budget and this year's budget at a city and county level along with last year's tax rate and this year's tax rate, as tax payers we should at least see the truth rather than some sort of filtered reality.

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mom2fourDec. 11, 11 5:36 AM

Thank you Anoka County for your realistic look at the plight of our citizens.

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jtsnscDec. 11, 11 5:43 AM

The people in Ramsey county who are complaining about tax hikes should remember that this is a sanctuary county. Many tens of thousands if not millions are providing taking care of illegals. Before complaining maybe you should look into the counties budget, see what the priorities are. I'm sure you would be amazed at all the money they could save if these liberals could kick their addiction of the we can just keep raising taxes to pay for everything we want attitude. If you don't like the increases vote them out. If you are OK with the status quo then quit complaining.

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ampelmannDec. 11, 11 7:20 AM

Gandalf48 misses the fact that actual spending can go down (I don't mean just increasing below projections, as he claims), AND home values can go down... yet still a particular property's taxes go up. Henn Co's actual spending IS going down. We live there too and our family's property taxes are going up even though actual spending in ALL our taxing jurisdictions went down - because our home is slightly above average value and homes in our area haven't lost as much value as others. Your property's taxable market value just determines its share of the property tax pie relative to other properties.

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aurorasDec. 11, 11 7:25 AM

Government needs to quit spending!!!!!!!!!!

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c0546bnDec. 11, 11 7:57 AM

Hmmm. I wonder what our taxes will be when property values eventually go back up.

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jimmyb007Dec. 11, 11 8:00 AM

Think your taxes are bad now in Roseville...wait until you get to pay for the Vikings stadium that you will not have a choice on. Glad the governor is spending his time on a stadium, rather than getting expenses under control.

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