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Property Tax Fairness

The Municipal Legislative Commission (of which Maplewood is a member) has launched a website, PropertyTaxFairness.com, as part of a campaign to build awareness of the disparity in property taxes between homeowners in the Metro area and outstate Minnesota.  Citing a report from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the press release announcing the website notes that "Twin Cities metro area homeowners paid a 39% higher share of their income to property taxes than their Greater Minnesota counterparts. This is a comparison of homeowners that have the same income whether they live in the metro area or Greater Minnesota."

With big changes being contemplated to the state programs and formulas affecting local government finance (such as Market Value Homestead Credit and Local Government Aid), the MLC hopes that the end result will be a system that is more equitable in distributing the burden of property taxes across the state.

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