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Property Tax Relief and Local Sales Tax Division

31st MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - April 04, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA 31st MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

PROPERTY TAX AND LOCAL SALES TAX DIVISION

MINUTES


Paul Marquart, Chair of the Division, called the meeting to order at 8:08 AM on April 4, 2008 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

Committee Legislative Assistant Paul Cumings noted the roll.

Members Present:
MARQUART, Paul (Chair)
BROWN, Robin (Vice-Chair)
ANDERSON, Sarah
DEMMER, Randy
DITTRICH, Denise
LANNING, Morrie (Lead GOP)
LENCZEWSKI, Ann
LOEFFLER, Diane
MULLERY, Joe

Members Excused:
ERHARDT, Ron
PAYMAR, Michael


HF4159 (McFarlane) Vadnais Lake Area Management Organization included as a special taxing district.

Representative McFarlane testified to the bill. Stephanie McNamara, Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization Administrator, testified in favor of the bill. Mark Sather, City Manager, testified in favor of the bill.

A quorum was present at 8:20 PM.

Representative Marquart moved that HF 4159 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Loeffler moved the amendment labeled A08-1581. THE MOTION PREVIALED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4159 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4155 (Loeffler) Classifications and class rates modified for residential property that is not homesteaded.

Representative Loeffler moved that HF 4155 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Loeffler testified to the bill. Jack Horner, Lobbyist for the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association, testified in opposition to the bill.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4155 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4147 (Loeffler) County program aid appropriation increased.

Representative Loeffler moved that HF 4147 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Loeffler testified to the bill. Paul Wilson, President of the Association of Minnesota Counties, testified in favor of the bill. Keith Carlson, Executive Director for the Association of Minnesota Counties, testified in favor of the bill.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4147 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4150 (Dill) Property tax exemption provided for certain leased lands, personal property definition modified, and tax-exempt property held under a lease clarified.

Representative Loeffler moved that HF4150 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Dill testified to the bill. Gordon Folkman, Director of the Property Tax Division for the Minnesota Department of Revenue, testified about questions to the bill. Les Ristinen, President of the Becker County Taxpayers Association, testified with concerns to the bill.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4150 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4123 (Koenen) Agricultural purposes definition modified for classification of agricultural property. HF4160 (Koenen) Agricultural property classification definition modified , rural vacant land classification defined, and Minnesota agricultural property tax law criteria modified.

Representative Demmer moved that HF4123 and HF4160 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Koenen testified to the bill. Thom Peterson, Legislative Director for the Minnesota Farmers Union, testified about this bill. Chris Radatz, Public Policy Director of the Minnesota Farmer Bureau, testified about the bill. Thom Peterson, Government Relations Director for the Minnesota Farmers Union, testified about the bill. Tim Power, Co-owner of Low's Nursery, testified about the bill. Bobby King, Policy Organizer for the Land Stewardship Project, testified about the bill. Rob Vanasek with the Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers testified about the bill. Ken Sulem, General Counsel for the Minnesota Association of Townships, testified about the bill. Vance Grannis Jr. testified about the bill. Diane Pikarski testified about the bill. Judy Erickson of Pleasant Valley Orchards testified in favor of the bill. Bill Schreiber testified about the bill.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4123 and HF4160 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4136 (Olin) State paid property tax credit provided for property in bovine tuberculosis management zones, and money appropriated.

Representative Brown moved that HF4136 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Loeffler moved the amendment labeled H4136DE2
Representative Olin testified to the bill. Quin Cheney, Government Relations Director for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, testified about the bill.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4136 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4156 (Lesch) Ramsey County, St. Paul, and Independent School District No. 625; proposed property tax hearing modified

Representative Loeffler moved that HF4156 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Lesch testified to the bill. Nick Riley, Government Relations Coordinator for Ramsey County, testified about the bill.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4156 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4142 (Berns) Local government aid distribution modified.

Representative Anderson moved that HF4142 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Berns testified to the bill. Nick Ruehl, Mayor of the City of Excelsior, testified in favor of the bill.

Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, laid over HF4142 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


Representative Marquart, Chair of the Division, turned over the chair to Representative Brown, Vice Chair of the Division, at 11:55 AM.


HF4020 (Marquart) Property assessor rotation of duties required and truth and taxation statement provided.

Representative Marquart moved that HF4020 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Marquart moved the amendment labeled
H4020DE1. THE MOTION PREVIALED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Marquart testified to the bill. Les Ristinen, President of the Becker County Taxpayers Association testified in favor of the bill. Don Wahl, member of the Becker County Taxpayers Association, testified in favor of the bill. Bob Klemenhagen, with the Minnesota Senior Federation, testified in favor of the bill. Tom Houselog and Tom May with the Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers testified in opposition to the bill.

Representative Brown, Vice-Chair of the Division, laid over HF4020 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


HF4146 (Marquart) Imposition of new local sales taxes prohibited.

Representative Marquart moved that HF4146 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.

Representative Marquart testified to the bill. Jen O'Rourke, Lobbyist for the League of Minnesota Cities, testified in opposition to the bill. Pat Hentges, City Administrator for the City of Mankato, testified about his concerns to this bill. Tom Dybing, City Council Member for the City of Lanesboro, testified in his opposition to the bill.

Representative Brown, Vice-Chair of the Division, laid over HF4146 for possible inclusion in the Property Tax Division Report.


Representative Brown, Vice Chair of the Division, adjourned the meeting at 12:44 PM.


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Representative Paul Marquart, Chair


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Paul Cumings, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF4155 (Loeffler) Classifications and class rates modified for residential property that is not homesteaded
HF4147 (Loeffler) County program aid appropriation increased
HF4150 (Dill) Property tax exemption provided for certain leased lands, personal property definition modified, and tax-exempt property held under a lease clarified.
HF4123 (Koenen) Agricultural purposes definition modified for classification of agricultural property.
HF4136 (Olin) State paid property tax credit provided for property in bovine tuberculosis management zones, and money appropriated.
HF4156 (Lesch) Ramsey County, St. Paul, and Independent School District No. 625; Proposed property tax hearing modified
HF4142 (Berns) Local government aid distribution modified.
HF4020 (Marquart) Property assessor rotation of duties required and truth in taxation statement provided.
HF4146 (Marquart) Imposition of new local sales taxes prohibited.
HF4160 (Koenen) Agricultural property classification definition modified, rural vacant land classification defined, and Minnesota agricultural property tax law criteria modified.
HF4159 (McFarlane) Vadnais Lake Area Management Organization included as a special taxing district

HF3943 (Koenen) has been removed from the agenda
HF4017 (Lieder) has been removed from the agenda