Friday, November 20, 2009
Property taxes would increase an average of 3.5 percent across Minnesota next year if local governments adopt their proposed levies, the state Revenue Department announced Thursday.Source. The cap of property taxes was a bone of contention between DFL legislative leaders and Pawlenty, after Pawlenty cut intergovernmental aids. Giving local control of taxes seems to have reduced spending, rather than have the burden of some paid for by the taxes of others.
That would be less than the 5.6 percent increase in average property taxes this year and the average 6.9 percent increase over the past three years.
"City councils are very well aware of how poor the economy is and are doing everything they can to keep the levies down," said League of Minnesota Cities lobbyist Gary Carlson.
By law, cities and counties could have increased their property tax levies by the full amount that Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut their state aid. But counties appear to be levying for just 40 percent to 50 percent of their lost state funding, said Jim Mulder, executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties.
The state cut aid to cities by $130 million over the past two years. Cities have levied $95 million in property taxes to replace those funds and absorbed $35 million in cuts, Carlson said.
Notable: Minneapolis property taxes are scheduled to rise almost 12%, highest in the state. Will any DFLer make this an issue in Mayor Rybak's run for governor?