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Not all property taxes stay local


Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Most property owners in Minn. when they review their property tax statement will see breakdowns of their property taxes that include county, township, school district, or city. However, owners of commercial/industrial and seasonal recreational properties see reference to an additional property tax levy that goes into the state’s General Fund. This state levy is included in the local property tax statement, paid to the county with local property taxes, and finally, forwarded to the Minn. Department of Revenue.

In 2001 then Governor Jesse Ventura signed legislation into law for the first state property tax levy since 1967. The State General Property Tax levy was part of a property tax reform law. This tax reform legislation reduced business tax “class rates” (the rate that determines the portion of business value that is taxable locally), reduced school property taxes, and eliminated the general education property tax levy plus a reduction in school referendum levies. The general education property tax levy was replaced with this statewide general fund levy.

In 2002 about $592 million was collected statewide by counties and sent to the state, the first year of the State General Property Tax.

In 2014 counties statewide collected and sent to the state over $806 million of property taxes levied against commercial/industrial properties and about $42.6 million levied against seasonal recreational properties.

In 2005 amendments to the law required 95 percent of the State General Property Tax levy to be levied at a uniform rate for all commercial/industrial tax capacity (52.160 percent in 2014). Five percent of the total was required to be levied at a uniform rate to all seasonal residential recreational tax capacity (22.836 percent in 2014). These rates change year to year. The total to be collected for the state will increase each year, similar to an index of inflation. The state’s rate for 2015 has been set to collect an additional $7 million (roughly a 1 percent increase) from commercial/industrial and an additional $562,000 (roughly a 1.3 percent increase) from seasonal residential recreational properties statewide over that collected in 2014.

Fillmore County is expected to collect a total of more than $1.5 million (about $45,000 of that from seasonal recreational properties) mostly from commercial/industrial properties within the county for the State General Property Tax levy in 20 .....
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Additional Energy Assistance funds available to help Minnesotans stay warm this winter

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $9,958,577 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program. The total amo ..... 
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Attend Extension’s Forages For “U”

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

To address key forage production and management issues in Minnesota, a series of Forage Workshops will be held in February of 2015. Individual sites include Fergus Falls on February 10 at the Government Service Building-Commissioner Room, Hutchinso ..... 
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GasBuddy update 2.16.15

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

FEBRUARY 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have risen 17.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has ..... 
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Divided government returns to Minnesota

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On January 6 the new Minnesota legislative session convened with a Republican majority in the House while the DFL retains control of the Senate. In the next several months the two sides will have to work together to pass a two year budget, a transpo ..... 
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GasBuddy update 1.19.15

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

JANUARY 12, 2015- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 6.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.93/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national a ..... 
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GasBuddy update 1.05.15

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

DECEMBER 29, 2014- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 11.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national ..... 
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Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently held its annual meeting & awards banquet

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently held its annual meeting & awards banquet at Willow Creek Golf Course, in Rochester, Minn. on Friday, November 7, 2014. The following people were elected 2015 Officers of The Arc Southeastern Minnesota Board ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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