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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dakota County drops the levy: Board of Commissioners approves levy decrease for 2013.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution authorizing a levy decrease of 0.20 percent for its 2013 property tax levy. Commissioners voted unanimously for the decrease.
Due to the levy reduction and other changes in the tax base, the owner of a median valued home will see, on average, a 5 percent decrease in the County portion of their property tax bill next year. 
Dakota County is required to set the proposed property tax levy by Sept. 15 each year. The board is scheduled to adopt the final budget and tax levy by Dec. 1. The final County tax levy will now be limited to the 0.20 percent levy decrease, or lower, passed on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Board has a reputation for keeping property taxes low; in recent years, Dakota County has maintained among the lowest county property tax rates in the state.
The Dakota County Administrator will present a recommended budget to the County Board on Nov. 6. County budget workshops are scheduled Nov. 6–9 with the Truth in Taxation hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Dakota County Board Room, Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings. The adoption of the final 2012 budget and property tax levy is scheduled for Dec. 11.

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