MINNEAPOLIS – SAINT PAUL — Mayors from across the
state gathered today in Saint Paul for a State Capitol press conference, saying
a rare opportunity is emerging for Democrats and Republicans to work together
on a budget compromise that will reverse the trend of rising property taxes and
continued cuts to critical community services such as police, fire, libraries
and street maintenance.
Dayton’s budget protects local government aid funding and shows that he is
sincere and committed to holding the line on property taxes, a goal that should
spur a bipartisan effort to make affordable, vibrant communities a reality,”
said Bruce Ahlgren, Mayor of Cloquet and a member of the Coalition of Greater
believe that rural Republicans, whose communities rely on LGA to stay strong
and competitive, will be able to work with Gov. Dayton and their leadership to
forge a budget agreement to protect property taxpayers and cities across the
state,” said Ahlgren.
cited Minnesota Revenue statistics that show property taxes have increased over
$3 billion since 2002 in Minnesota,
an increase of more than 68%.
a $6 billion budget deficit, there is no question of whether taxes will be
going up, the question is which taxes.” said Nancy Carroll, Mayor of Park
Rapids and President of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. “Minnesotans
have had it with the State’s continually doing a ‘bait and switch’ every time
it has a budget shortfall—pushing the responsibility onto local property
the rural mayors were both Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Saint Paul Mayor
Chris Coleman, whose cities also rely on local government aid funding to offset
property taxes and fund essential services.
you’re a Republican from Milaca or Moorhead or a
Democrat from Mankato or Minneapolis,
holding the line on middle-class property-tax increases is Minnesota common sense,” said Mayor Rybak.
“With Governor Dayton’s budget proposal, we have the first real opportunity in
a long time to do just that. We all know that the Governor won’t get everything
he wants and the Legislature won’t get everything it wants, but the budget
solution ought to include bipartisan agreement to hold the line on property
taxes and stop passing increases onto business owners and homeowners. “
Coleman echoed that local government aid has been a critical tool in helping Minnesota businesses
Dayton proposed a budget that protects businesses and home owners from property
tax increases. It is time we call on Republican legislative leaders to propose
a budget that will protect small businesses from property tax increases as
well. With Gov. Dayton, Republicans, and business leaders who support LGA all
working together, we will keep ‘open for business signs’ in windows across the
state.” Mayor Coleman said.