ptdocs Funding of city government operations in Minnesota is derived primarily from property taxes and state aids, including local government aid (LGA). The League provides a variety of resources to help cities and others understand complex state-aid formulas, trends in state funding and property taxes, and a host of other fiscal issues.
New property tax resources to share with residents
A short video designed to help city residents better understand the local property tax system is now available from The League of Minnesota Cities. City officials are encouraged to post this new video, titled Special Delivery: City Services and Your Property Taxes on city websites, show the video at truth-in-taxation meetings and other public gatherings, and share it via social media. Short on time? The video is also available in three parts. Try showing part 1 to your audience for a quick primer.
You can find all the video segments on the Minnesota Cities Youtube channel.
Watch the complete Special Delivery video
The League is also offering a new FAQ resource—Why Your Property Taxes Change from Year to Year—to help you engage residents as your city finalizes its budget and property tax levy. You can share the FAQs with residents via your city website or newsletter. You can also print copies to have on hand at city hall events.
View the resource: Why Your Property Taxes Change from Year to Year (pdf)
Property tax reports
Each year the League prepares an annual property tax report containing levy and rate information for all Minnesota cities. (The report and a summary data table are also published in Minnesota Cities magazine.)
Read more and access LMC property tax reports (2005-2015)
Revenue recapture authority for cities
Under 2008 Session Law chapter 154, cities are given more general authority to contract with the Department of Revenue (DOR) to collect certain unpaid debts (article 16, section 6). Cities had a limited use of this tool prior to passage of this legislation. Now cities can use the tool for such debts as unpaid taxes, interest and penalties on the unpaid taxes, criminal and petty misdemeanor fines, and court-ordered restitution. The new authorization makes changes to Minnesota Statutes, section 270A.
Tax increment financing (TIF) decertification
TIF is a tool for economic development. When TIF districts are decertified, it can affect a city's tax base and LGA distribution.
Read more about TIF Decertification
Property Tax Calculator
Our Property Tax Calculator is an interactive tool that allows users to compare cities with each other and over time.
Access the Property Tax Calculator
View other key League resources
City budgeting resources