Communities chart their tax plans

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree and Dave Braunger
  • Updated: November 30, 2012 - 5:05 PM

County officials have calculated potential property-tax bills for homes of median value in more than 80 metro-area communities (with at least 5,000 residents). For each community, the figures reflect the property-value changes determined by assessors earlier this year, as well as the tax-levy proposals now under discussion by local governments. For 2011 and 2012 median values, the Star Tribune asked counties to take into account the homestead market value exclusion (which is required to calculate taxes but also has the effect of making market values appear to be less than they actually are). Every county but Dakota County provided figures reflecting those changes. Dakota County’s figures show median values before the exclusion was applied, but the county’s projected 2013 property tax bills do take into account the exclusion. In Hennepin County, the median-value increases in Rogers are likely a result of the city taking in property formerly in Hassan Township, thus changing the sample size. Separate calculations were made for cities whose boundaries include more than one school district. The figures, based on proposed maximum levies set in September, do not include local tax increases approved by voters in November. Local jurisdictions take final action on their tax plans in December, following public hearings that are required as part of the Truth in Taxation process.

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furguson11Dec. 2, 12 7:59 AM

It took awhile, but cities seem to be starting to get the message about not raising taxes.

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ak13741Dec. 2, 1211:44 AM

My condo with a market value of $104,000 (less than last year) has incurred a 5.5% tax increase. Not sure I agree given that properties surrounding my area have decreased taxes.

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mardajeDec. 2, 1212:19 PM

I doubt that the numbers for Saint Paul are accurate. An increased tax levy passed in November, and my tax bill includes none of the taxes associated with school district. So while my taxes appear to have gone down significantly, they will increase this year once the school district levy is included again. Nice trick, St. Paul.

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tcruwithmeDec. 4, 12 8:12 AM

Very interestig. In this article, the City of Eagan (School dist. 196) says they are lowering taxes. However, on my Proposed Property Tax for 2013 document that I recently received, the City of Eagan wants to increase my taxes by 7.4% over 2012. Over the past nine years, the City of Eagan has averaged a +5.36% tax increase each year for me - which is above the rate of inflation as well as above the Average Wage Increase defined by the SSA. I'll know more when I go to the tax meeting tonight ...

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