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Monday, February 1, 2016

ST. PAUL – Last year, Minnesota House Property Tax and Local Government Finance Committee Chairman Steve Drazkowski and State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) held a property tax listening session in Benson to hear from residents concerned about rising property taxes.


On Monday, February 15 those same lawmakers will hold another town meeting in Benson to explain what was accomplished last session on the property tax relief front, and to gather feedback from area residents.


The meeting will be held at the Swift County Courthouse in the Law Enforcement Center Meeting Room, 301 14th Street North, beginning at 5:00 p.m.


"Last year we had a great turnout from homeowners, farmers, and business owners who were frustrated by rising property tax rates," Miller said. "Now we want to give an overview of the solutions that have been passed by the Minnesota House and determine what more needs to be done."


"Area residents gave us strong ideas on how we could help ease their property tax burden," Chair Drazkowsi said. "We listened and acted accordingly, and now we want to explain how the House-approved changes would benefit Greater Minnesota as well as learn about any other property tax issues that our overwhelming our taxpayers."


Last session the Minnesota House approved omnibus taxes legislation that would have eliminated the statewide business property tax for small business owners, cut school district construction levy burdens on farmers in half, and provided over $2 billion in tax relief to hardworking Minnesotans. That bill awaits full legislative action during the 2016 session, and is expected to be at the top of the priority list for legislators.


Miller is strongly encouraging area residents to attend the event and learn more about the approved legislation and to share their property tax stories.