Dateline Minneapolis: Mayor Rybak, won't you be our neighbor?

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 28, 2009 - 11:29 PM

Some Minneapolitans want him to join them on the North Side, while others are merely curious about his property tax bill.

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karendavid816Apr. 29, 09 6:40 AM

If there is any question about the Mayor's taxes, he should simply ask the Assessor to come out and take a look. If it is undervalued it is simple to change. They have an army of people looking at property every day. So how about that RT, give them a call.

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AriahFineApr. 29, 09 7:55 AM

If you'd like to read my complete letter to Rybak you can check it out here... An Open Letter To Mayor RT Rybak: Move To North Minneapolis http://tryingtofollow.com/2009/04/15/an-open-letter-to-mayor-rt-rybak-move-to-north-minneapolis/

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acmplsApr. 29, 09 8:54 AM

If Rybak chooses not to live in North Minneapolis, it won't be because it's too far from Lake Harriet. People are scared to live there. Sorry, but it's true.

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godschildApr. 29, 09 1:18 PM

I won't hold my breath waiting for the mayor to relocate to north Minneapolis, and neither should any of you. It's not gonna happen.

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santasadlerApr. 29, 09 4:57 PM

Let's take another look at what the mayor is paying in property taxes compared to what the rest of us are paying. Let me tell you, he's getting a sweet deal and one I'd love to have! His market value on his house for property taxes is $503,000. His house is listed for sale at $750,000 which is near to what other houses have sold for closeby. Property taxes for his house at $750,000 would be about $11,886 per year according to the formulas Minneapolis uses for arriving at total property taxes. Instead he is paying $7,400 or $4,400 a year less. Minneapolis has a fairly aggressing market valuation system so most of us have market values at real market value or even more. That means for most of us if houses around us are selling for $750,000 our market values are probably around $800 or even $850,000 and we are paying taxes based on the higher valuations. The mayor is getting a huge break on his valuation compared to the rest of us and as a result he is paying much less in property taxes. Where most of us in the area are paying 1.4% or even more (I'm at 1.68%) he is paying .99% (7400/750000) or at least 40% less than his neighbors and 60% less than me. Hmmmm. How'd he get a break that good? And no wonder he shows no concerns whatsoever for rising property taxes which are forcing some of us to leave if we can ever sell our homes! I bet he moves to Edina or some other subburb where propety taxes are at much lower rates but not as low as what he is paying now. I guess City Hall takes care of their own. Maybe we should take a look at all councilmember property taxes just for fun.

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northsider55Apr. 29, 09 7:12 PM

To ACMpls -- only stupid people believe that hype and only stupid people are afraid to live in NoMi. There are plenty of us bright, gifted and intelligent people here who far out number the other stupid people who choose to live a life of crime. Quit being stupid! All y'all! Now would be a good time to start.

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nilson3842May. 19, 09 7:02 PM

Steve- a correction to your article- Wirth Lake is not the only lake in North Minneapolis, unless you are choosing to call Victory Neighborhood's Ryan Lake a "small pond"- which, at 18.8 acres large, I think deserves the title of "lake" and is defined by the DNR as such. My North Minneapolis home is within walking distance to Ryan Lake, a handful of blocks away from Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale, and an easy bike ride on the parkways to North Mississippi Regional Park to the east and Wirth Lake to the south (not to mention Shingle Creek, the beautiful pond at Webber Park, etc.). The green space by us with Victory Memorial Parkway/ Theo Wirth (and other large, beautiful parks w/in neighborhoods) easily rivals the majority of South/ SW Mpls neighborhoods. I'm not sure why it would be so "groundbreaking" for Rybak to move here as it already seems like we can't walk two blocks around our neighborhood without stumbling over some politician or another. Actually, on our regular evening walks we generally pass by the homes of a state senator, the city council president, a park board commissioner, and a Hennepin County Commissioner/ Chair of the HC Board (who's just on the other side of the parkway from Mpls), among various other local politicians...Rybak would fit right in.

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djcrazyJun. 11, 09 7:36 PM

I can pretty much guarantee, with precise accuracy, that this will NEVER happen. My odds of winning the power ball jackpot are better!

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