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Continued: Property taxes are on the decline again in metro

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 7, 2013 - 11:48 PM

In Hennepin and Ramsey counties, home values are stabilizing, resulting in smaller shifts in tax burden from residential to commercial properties.

But the shifts still exist, and when combined with budget restraint made possible by increased state aid, they are generating savings in Ramsey County and “little change” overall to homeowners as a group in Hennepin County, county tax officials say.

In St. Paul, only two people showed up Wednesday for the city’s annual budget and levy hearing, and neither complained about taxes.

Still, Hamline’s Schultz said, voters can expect to hear from candidates about property taxes next year. One place where there may be debate: East Bethel, in Anoka County.

East Bethel residents will stomach a 15.1 percent increase in the city portion of their property tax bill (although the overall tax increase is more modest). In lieu of the city’s sluggish tax base, the higher taxes will pay interest on water and sewer bonds issued for a $48 million treatment system.

At the local level, the Shakopee and Mahtomedi school districts already are on record saying they’ll be making funding pitches in 2014. For Mahtomedi, the stakes are high. It was one of the few districts to see a levy proposal fail this year.

 

Staff writer Shannon Prather contributed to this story.

Anthony Lonetree • 651-925-5036

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