- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014
2 takes on Minnesota property taxes blur picture

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - New projections about how much Minnesota homeowners, businesses and others will pay in property taxes this year have set off a dispute among Democrats and Republicans.

The Department of Revenue released figures late Friday, but the feud carried into Monday and will undoubtedly persist into the fall campaign.

Democrats insist they’ve reversed a tide of ever-rising property taxes. Republicans say it’s sleight of hand, and they point to the overall amount that will be collected.

There is truth to arguments both sides are using, but plenty of context is being left out as they angle for advantage.

Here are some questions and answers that might help sort through the spin:

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Minn. property tax report paints scattered picture

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The final tally of property taxes due this year presents a mixed bag, with levies rising in some places but falling in others.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has posted jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction details on levies approved by counties, cities, townships, school districts and other taxing entities.

According to the data, levies are up in 58 counties and are flat or falling in the remaining 29. There are 470 cities that imposed at least some levy increase while 378 have no change or are cutting their levies.

Value, location and type of property determine individual property tax bills.

In all, taxing authorities will collect $125 million more than in 2013. But lawmakers also approved $133 million in extra refunds and credits that qualifying homeowners can claim.

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