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Thursday, February 05, 2015
ST. PAUL – In response to expressed constituent concerns regarding rising property taxes, Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin and other legislators will be hosting property tax listening sessions in both Aitkin and Brainerd on Saturday, Feb. 14.
The purpose of the sessions will be to gather input on property tax matters.
“One of my top legislative priorities is finding ways of lowering area property tax rates,” Lueck said. “This is a problem that continues to escalate and these local meetings provide great opportunities for people to provide their local legislators with input regarding their property tax situations. Information we receive from area citizens will be very helpful as we consider legislation and look for ways to alleviate the challenges people face.
Special guests will include Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, who chairs the Minnesota House Property Tax and Local Government Finance Committee. Lueck said he invited Drazkowski to join the listening sessions so also he can hear firsthand how farmers, business owners, and homeowners in this area are being overwhelmed by rising property tax rates.
“Representative Lueck has heard numerous complaints from citizens who are upset that they are once again receiving double-digit property tax increases despite promises from previous legislatures that personal property tax rates would decline,” Drazkowski said. “I’m finding that this is a common complaint across Minnesota, so clearly past legislative actions aren’t working and we need to find new solutions. I look forward to these events, and most importantly, hearing from people in the Aitkin and Brainerd areas.”
Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, will be a host for the Brainerd session, which takes place 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Central Lakes College cafeteria (501 W. College Drive). Lueck will be hosting 2 p.m. that day at the Westside Church in Aitkin (810 Second Street N.W.).
While Lueck will attend both sessions, he encourages citizens of District 10B to attend whichever meeting is more convenient for them, whether it’s Aitkin in the district or Brainerd in Heintzeman’s District 10A.
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