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Minneapolis, St. Paul mayors seek property tax hikes

For all their rivalry, residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul can commiserate on one shared burden: annual property tax hikes. 


For all their rivalry, residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul can commiserate on one shared burden: annual property tax hikes.


In Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey proposed a nearly 7% increase in the property tax levy in 2020 — the largest in a decade. In St. Paul, Mayor Melvin Carter wants a levy increase of just under 5% after two years of double-digit hikes.


While the mayors are proposing new spending — from cultural corridors in Minneapolis to longer rec center hours in St. Paul — officials at both city halls say the principal reason for raising the tax levy is providing basic services such as police and fire protection and road maintenance.


As the cost of running a city rises, so too must property taxes, city leaders say — despite billions of dollars in new development in the core of the Twin Cities.


Some residents question how their money is being spent and say local leaders don’t understand the pressures taxpayers are already facing.


“I think it’s way out of line,” Ann Berget, a former Minneapolis school board member who lives in the Kingfield neighborhood, said of the Minneapolis proposal. “I don’t think that the City Council has any respect for the economic realities of the people that they are there to represent.”


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"Minneapolis, St. Paul mayors seek property tax hikes"; By Emma Nelson, Miguel Otárola and Eric Roper; StarTribune; August 25, 2019

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