Property tax hikes? It's time to speak up

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 19, 2013 - 5:36 PM

New state spending should end the long run of local increases.

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tkr380Nov. 19, 13 5:21 PM

Got my statement for Ramsey County. Value down by 15%, taxes down by 8%. No thanks to Democrats and Governor Dayton.

dflleftNov. 19, 13 7:20 PM

THE THEORY that property taxes would go down if you give more money to cities...well, its just that, theory.....or call it DFL liberal theory.

wiseoracleNov. 19, 13 7:56 PM

Restraint and government are not two words you've been able to use in the same sentence for a looooooong time! (in the affirmative...) Government can *always* find a better use for your paycheck than you can, right??

quinnerooNov. 19, 13 8:24 PM

I am moving out of Minneapolis after just four years, because I thought they were progressive. After the stadium debacle and the promise that taxes would reduce, I just opened my estimate yesterday to find the homestead credit dropped $2500 dollars and my taxes payable go up $500 for 2014. No wonder so many council members got booted.

elmore1Nov. 19, 1310:07 PM

Reduce state taxes and let local cities and school districts determine what they want to invest in. Dayton and his cronies like to play shell games with our taxes. All that I have seen is tax more and spend more. This needs to be reigned in and Dayton will find out what we think of him in the next election.

garagewineNov. 19, 1310:24 PM

You had to be pretty gullible to think that large amounts of no-strings-attached transfers given to local governments would not simply be spent. No amount of 'jawboning' will change that.

Seawaves AheadNov. 19, 1310:51 PM

Gov. Dayton & the DFL legislative leaders never expected or wanted property taxes to decrease; that was just media talk. The intent always was to get all levels of government larger and more powerful, and higher taxes are the way to do it. Speak up? Never, it would be an insult to the elected elites.

rjbenkeNov. 19, 1311:56 PM

1) Look carefully at your Truth In Taxation notice and the many jurisdictions that comprise the total. All cities, counties and school districts don't benefit equally from the legislated aid changes. Some get nothing. Look before you blame the wrong 'deciders'. 2) Noticed tax levy estimates are the maximums. Low balling the estimates for political posturing reasons (yes, it does happen) effectively eliminates the opportunity for citizens to advocate at the December hearings for new/creative investments just minutes before the final levies are determined. 3) Earlier notice is needed on details of what services are being eliminated or added in the preliminary levy estimate. 4) Did you ask questions and vote in the last 3 elections? If not, wake up and do your job. Too many local election decisions are made by too few voters. YOU can make a difference.

buzzard23Nov. 20, 13 7:36 AM

Dakota county: assessed value up 4%, proposed property taxes for 2014 down 3%. Both numbers headed in the right direction for me. No significant changes in services proposed and we added a school referendum increase too.

coolnoutNov. 20, 13 8:17 AM

My property taxes dropped $300.00 this year in Maple Grove due to the fact my house is now over $100,000.00 less than it was when I bought it in 2005 for $289K. I don't know how I can celebrate anything here.


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