Big chunk of Rybak's 2009 budget designated to public works

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2008 - 12:01 AM

Rybak's proposed 6.9 percent property tax hike would direct funds into accelerating street repairs.

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dalyfanAug. 14, 08 8:34 AM

Hide your wallets folks!! Another liberal tax increase is about to kick you in the head.

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yayasoutAug. 14, 08 8:40 AM

Archie is gonna want more money for his social engineering agenda.

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outziderAug. 14, 08 9:42 AM

Let's talk about overspending here -- Republicans are spending more than the Democrats they replaced in most areas of the government, and yet people still use the line that Democrats spend more. Oh, right, they /tax/ more. Except they only tax in areas that most of you never enter. Have you seen our deficit lately? Turns out Minnesota and Minneapolis can't afford to keep debt around and print more money like our Federal government does. Yet, people wonder why the US Dollar is moving toward 'useless'.

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dtmonkeyboyAug. 14, 0810:21 PM

Yes, stupid liberal mayor wanting to use money for streets and infrastructure. What is government coming to!! What's next? spending money on police? The horror! I say let the briges fall where they may!

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cgreenwaldtAug. 14, 0811:00 PM

Considering Pawlenty's huge cut in Local Government Aid that has let to Minneapolis homeowners property taxes rather large increases in the last few years it is remarkable Rybak has kept spending down as much as he has considering the lose of state contribution. Republicans don't tax or invest in the state they cut or bond or simply spend and let somebody else get stuck with the cleanup and then label them as a tax and spender. Wake up people this is like watching a dog chase its tail.

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scotchpoolAug. 15, 08 2:17 AM

From the article: "The proposed levy increase of 6.9 percent would be the smallest percentage increase since 1998 and interrupt a string of 8 percent increases that began in 2003 and was scheduled to continue through 2010." Why must our increases in property taxes over the past 10 years more than double and at times, even triple the rate of inflation? It is never enough when spending other peoples money.

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journalistjdAug. 15, 08 6:15 AM

Yes, All Politics in a Political Election Year, Throw the people a Bone.

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genebessAug. 15, 08 7:55 AM

315 million in property taxes with a population of 345,000 = about $900 per person. Are you a family of 4 paying $3,600 in taxes on average? If not one of the few businesses still left in Mpls. is picking up the slack. Overall spending of 1.4 billion? that would be about $4,000 per person. Are you receiving $4,000 in services? If not you are overtaxed.

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bobby9Aug. 15, 08 8:07 AM

Looking forward to the street signs in Spanish.....

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dalyfanAug. 15, 08 8:08 AM

Damn, I just spilled my coffee all over myself. Minnesotan's don't elect tax and spend liberals to our high offices. Minneapolis can have this train wreck.

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