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".  To understand why your property tax bill is changing -- and what's responsible, please see our educational primer "Understanding Your Property Tax Changes".

December 09, 2013

The Stool Revisited

Minnesota's "unbalanced three legged revenue stool" was one of the more influential and successful policy marketing efforts in state tax history.  With the 2013 tax changes now in place and the 2014 session approaching, we examine the premise of a balanced revenue system, the actions taken in…

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.