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Major State Aids & Taxes: County Program Aid

Program Description

One-half of the funding for county program aid is distributed based on each county's relative shares of (1) persons receiving food stamps, (2) age-adjusted population (population weighted more heavily for the number of persons over age 65), and (3) the reported number of Part I (serious) crimes. The other half is distributed based on a formula that takes into account each county's population and its property wealth. This distribution encompasses some of the distribution factors from the four programs that county program aid replaced in 2004: homestead and agricultural credit aid (HACA), county criminal justice aid, family preservation aid, and attached machinery aid.


Aid Amount and Reporting

2013 County Program Aid: $165.6 million

The total amount of county program aid certified for taxes payable in 2013 is $165.6 million. This total is after subraction of $500,000 to pay for court-ordered counsel and $214,000 to pay for preparation of local impact notes.

The county program aid data was obtained from the Department of Revenue.

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Recent Law Changes

In the 2003 legislative session, county general-purpose aids were restructured into a single program called county program aid. County program aid replaced four individual aid programs:

  • Homestead and agricultural credit aid (HACA)
  • County criminal justice aid (CCJA)
  • Family preservation aid (FPA)
  • Attached machinery aid (AMA)

For 2009 and 2010, the initial allocation was increased to $227 million (2009) and $232 million (2010), except that in both years the actual payments were reduced by unallotment, eventually ratified by legislative enactment.

For 2011, the initial allocation was set at $197.5 million. This was reduced by $36.4 million to $161.1 million in the 2011 special session tax law, which also set the 2012 aid amount at the lesser of the amount paid in 2010 or the amount certified in 2011.

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Per Capita Maps

Map of county program aid per capita by countyMap of county program aid per capita by economic development region

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The Past Five Years of County Program Aid

The table below shows the distribution of county program aid in thousands of dollars for the past five years for the state and economic development regions. The graph shows total dollars of county program aid for that same period in nominal (actual) and constant (inflation-adjusted) dollars.

County Program Aid: Payable Years 2009 to 2013
Nominal dollars, in thousands
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 5-Yr. Chg. Aid
State $194,283 $164,935 $161,106 $161,106 $165,570 -15%

Northern Regions
Northwest (1)
Headwaters (2)
Arrowhead (3)
West Central (4)
Five (5)
East Central (7E)
6,567
5,875
15,976
9,757
5,291
6,800
5,523
5,597
13,846
7,697
4,287
6,300
4,660
5,133
13,825
7,481
4,287
6,300
4,660
5,133
13,825
7,481
4,287
6,300
3,235
4,319
13,468
7,546
5,258
6,867
-51
-26
-16
-23
-1
1

Southern Regions
Six East (6E)
Upper MN Valley (6W)
Central MN (7W)
Southwest (8)
Nine (9)
Southeastern MN (10)
5,204
3,199
15,482
7,302
10,785
22,768
4,076
2,312
14,135
4,587
9,115
20,451
4,076
1,532
14,135
3,635
8,780
20,252
4,076
1,532
14,135
3,635
8,780
20,252
3,917
1,292
14,619
2,793
7,348
17.944
-25
-60
-6
-62
-32
-21
Total Nonmetro $115,007 $97,927 $94,097 $94,097 $88,605 -23%

Metro Region
Hennepin County
Ramsey County
Remaining Metro
25,247
15,058
38,970
18,333
12,440
36,235
18,333
12,440
36,235
18,333
12,440
36,235
25,485
12,937
38,543
1
-14
-1
Total Metro $79,276 $67,009 $67,009 $67,009 $76,965 -3%

County Program Aid

Line graph of statewide county program aid for five years

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March 2017

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