Hundreds of officials from Minnesota’s cities, counties and school districts have been meeting to brainstorm ways to reshape the way local governments provide services.
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Minnesota’s new broadband task force has held its first meeting.
Most local governments in Minnesota are proposing to increase their property tax levies in 2012, and the biggest percentage increases are outstate, figures from the Department of Revenue show.
Minnesota’s property tax bill is rising 1.2 percent next year, but because the state will stop paying a share, individuals and businesses are paying 4.7 percent more than this year.
In Wheaton, a small city near the western Minnesota border, competition from the oil fields in North Dakota is driving up the cost of road projects.
Some homeowners are getting a bigger scare out of their supposed home value than they are out of their property taxes this year. Notices counties are sending out don’t explain all.
On Midmorning today, Chuck Marohn, Jim Miller and Dave Peters, three people who think big about cities, debated the future of roads, taxes and police services.
The real action for expanding broadband use lies, not in Washington, D.C., but in communities like those in Minnesota that are tackling things at the local level, says Tom Koutsky of Connected Nation.
Thanks to cuts in state aid, property taxes now make up two-thirds of the average township budget. Ten years ago, they were only half the average budget.
Truth in taxation notices going to property owners in Hennepin and Ramsey counties this week show most people getting tax increases in the single digits.