St. Paul Residents Speak Out On Proposed Property Tax Hike

December 06, 2017 10:24 PM

St. Paul residents told city council members Wednesday what they think of a proposed property tax hike that could go as high as 24 percent for some homeowners.

At the council's last public hearing before voting on the city budget next week, several residents warned council members they might be forced to leave St. Paul if the city continues increasing the city's portion of their property taxes each year.

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The city is rolling its street maintenance fee into the property tax beginning in 2018.

Which is one of the reasons the property tax bill is going up significantly. Another reason is property values are rising, and that is usually followed by a tax hike to reflect the appreciation of the property.

Council members reminded the public they will not pay their street maintenance fees separately in 2018, and they should take that into consideration when figuring out how much the city portion of their property tax bill went up.

The city's portion of the property tax bill is about 27 percent, with the remainder coming from state, county and school district taxes.

The St. Paul City Council will vote on the proposed tax hike next Wednesday.

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