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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 (CCJA), family preservation aid (FPA), and attached machinery aid (AMA).


Aid Amount and Reporting

2014 County Program Aid: $205.5 million

The total amount of county program aid certified for taxes payable in 2014 is $205.5 million. This total is after subraction of $457,266 to pay for court-ordered counsel and $214,000 to pay for preparation of local impact notes. ($500,000 was authorized for court-ordered counsel in 2014, which was offset by $42,734 of the 2013 authorization that was unspent.)

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

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Recent Law Changes

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.

For 2013, the legislature set the appropriation level at $165.6 million. The 2013 Legislature increased the appropriation by $40 million for aids payable in 2014 and thereafter.

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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 and constant (inflation-adjusted) dollars.

County Program Aid: Payable Years 2010 to 2014
Nominal dollars, in thousands
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 5-Yr. Chg. Aid
State $164,935 $161,106 $161,106 $165,570 $205,497 25%

Northern Regions
Northwest (1)
Headwaters (2)
Arrowhead (3)
West Central (4)
Five (5)
East Central (7E)
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
3,544
5,304
16,767
8,901
6,611
8,703
-36
-5
21
16
54
38

Southern Regions
Six East (6E)
Upper MN Valley (6W)
Central MN (7W)
Southwest (8)
Nine (9)
Southeastern MN (10)
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
4,793
987
18,470
3,008
8,408
21,873
18
-57
31
-34
-8
7
Total Nonmetro $97,927 $94,097 $94,097 $88,605 $107,369 10%

Metro Region
Hennepin County
Ramsey County
Remaining Metro
18,333
12,440
36,235
18,333
12,440
36,235
18,333
12,440
36,235
25,485
12,937
38,543
31,793
16,416
49,919
73
32
38
Total Metro $67,009 $67,009 $67,009 $76,965 $98,128 46%

County Program Aid

Line graph of statewide county program aid for five years

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December 2017

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