Coleman: No tax levy increase for St. Paul in 2014

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 9:13 PM

Increased state aid will make up much of the difference in financing next year’s budget, which has a strong focus on innovation.

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Start Moving AheadAug. 14, 1312:07 PM

Just take a look at the increase in the tax value of your property. There will be a 12.5 to 25% increase in value for everyone translating into higher tax revenues for the city. Don't be fooled by campaign rhetoric.

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shorty12bAug. 14, 13 1:30 PM

It's really too little too late. St Paul has continually had to substantially increase residential tax amounts by double digit amounts for each year over the last eight years. I believe St Paul tax rates are still highest in the state. This won't change with stagnant commercial and business tax base. Look for overall taxes to increase again in 2014.

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wallwallAug. 14, 13 1:54 PM

Isn't it great that your high taxes won't go up, they will just stay the same..... because your paying more in state taxes instead. What a great shell game. Thanks Mr.Mayor!

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fasterjurkAug. 14, 13 2:28 PM

The reason you can pay the same city taxes next year is this is that your federal and state taxes have gone up and are now trickling down to the city tax base.

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fasterjurkAug. 14, 13 3:05 PM

$10,000,000 free money from the State of MN. Thank you Govenor Dayton who can give it to the City because the Federal Government gave the State $80,000,000 in free money and he raised taxes! Thank you President Obama for giving $80,000,000 in free money tto the State of Minnesota by raising fedral taxes on everyone! And thank you working taxpayers for contiuing to work and floating the entire population of the US including those that can not and will not work.

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dtmonkeyboyAug. 14, 13 3:08 PM

Saint Paul has a real problem in that so much of their land is not on the tax roles because they have all the government buildings and all the colleges. This makes it harder for the city to offer basic services.

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dtmonkeyboyAug. 14, 13 3:18 PM

People don't really understand budgeting or taxes --no wonder they get angry - they are confused. Suppose that the only service a town provides is street plowing and it costs $100 per year. If their are 10 houses all of the same value in the town each property will pay a portion of the $100 based on the percentage of the value of the property relative to the whole. In this case $10. If the value of each falls by 50%, taxes do not automatically go down. It still costs $100 to plow the street and those 10 houses have to pay the bill. People seem to think that if their house decrease, the cost of services is also decreasing -- but it isn't. Likewise, if the value of each house doubles, but plowing is still $100 houses will see no tax increase.

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honeybooAug. 14, 13 3:40 PM

No tax levy increase. Simply a hike in property values.

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garagewineAug. 14, 13 5:10 PM

"Saint Paul has a real problem in that so much of their land is not on the tax roles because they have all the government buildings and all the colleges. This makes it harder for the city to offer basic services."---In a city that is 56 square miles you are claiming that government buildings and colleges are significantly affecting the tax base? You are also forgetting that St. Paul is able to levy a 0.5% local sales tax to capture revenue from those workers and students. In addition to the LGA they receive.

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joeljyAug. 14, 13 5:14 PM

Watch the home values go up, up , up.....! Would love to move back to St. Paul, but it is no longer affordable to do so.

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