Property Taxes

Topics include local property taxation, Minnesota's statewide property tax, aids to local governments and credits.  For background understanding on what constitutes sound tax policy, please see our educational primer "Taxing Decisions Matter: A Citizens Guide to Good Tax Policy".  For background understanding on Minnesota's property tax system, please see our educational primer "Understanding Your Property Taxes".

June 20, 2013

Third Time is Not a Charm

From our May-June 2013 edition of Fiscal Focus.  In 2013 Minnesota again embarked on another major attempt to buy down local property taxes.  A closer look at two previous attempts, the "Minnesota Miracle" and the "Big Plan", offers insights into the problems with these efforts and what happens…

March 01, 2012

50-State Property Tax Comparison Study: Payable 2011

This unique study compares property tax burdens on residential homestead, apartment, commercial/retail and industrial/manufacturing parcels in the largest city in each state, a rural area in each state, and the nation's 50 largest cities.  Published March 2012.

November 02, 2009

The Return of Voss-New Insights on Property Tax Affordability and Fairness

From our Nov-Dec 2009 edition of Fiscal Focus.  Analysis of a Department of Revenue report that matches a homestead's property tax burden to the homeowner's income. The most recent such report is available from the Department of Revenue at …