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Thursday, August 04, 2005
ST. PAUL – Area cities will receive Local Government Aid increases in 2006 under new tax laws passed by the Legislature. State Representative Dean Urdahl said increasing aid for Greater Minnesota was a priority for all legislators this year. “We made it very clear throughout the session and during budget negotiations that we have to help our cities,” said Urdahl, R-Grove City. “I am very pleased we could pass such significant increases for local communities.” Increases for area cities are as follows: Annandale $74,478 Cokato $106,535 Dassel $22,415 Howard Lake $11,256 Eden Valley $22,080 Grove City $23,511 Watkins $5,376 Kingston $756 Darwin $1,782 Cosmos $24,242 Numbers indicate the increase over what cities would have received in 2006 had the new tax law not been passed. Statewide Local Government Aid will increase $48 million in 2006, including a $6 per-capita increase for cities with less than 5,000 people. Urdahl also highlighted other new tax laws, including a change to the K-12 education tax credit. He said parents will benefit from investing in their children’s education because the Legislature removed the $2,000 per family limit on the K-12 education tax credit. The maximum per-child credit is still $1,000, but for an unlimited number of children. “Teachers also stand to benefit because we extended the $250 credit for out-of-pocket classroom expenses,” Urdahl said. -30-
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