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Truth time

Many local government entities are working to finalize budgets and tax levies, and residents will get a chance to voice their opinions at annual property tax meetings this month.

Generally known as truth-in-taxation meetings, the gatherings offer an opportunity to hear from and address county, city and school districts.

While many local governments offer other opportunities for public input, the meetings are solely dedicated to providing an opportunity for citizens to learn, weigh in and ask questions about budget and tax plans.

The Red Wing City Council has a special meeting planned for after its taxation hearing to consider budget and levy resolutions.

Here’s a list of area upcoming truth-in-taxation meetings, provided by Goodhue County. Jurisdictions with fewer than 500 residents are exempt.


• Goodhue County: 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Goodhue County Government Center board room, 509 W. Fifth St., Red Wing


•Bellechester: exempt

•Cannon Falls: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Cannon Falls City Hall council chambers, 918 River Road

•Dennison: exempt

•Goodhue: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Goodhue City Hall, 405 North Broadway

•Kenyon: 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Kenyon City Hall, 709 2nd St.

•Lake City: 6 p.m. Dec. 9, Lake City City Hall council chambers, 205 W. Center St.

•Pine Island: 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Pine Island City Hall, 250 South Main St.

•Red Wing: 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Red Wing City Hall, 315 W. Fourth St.

•Wanamingo: 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Wanamingo City Hall council chambers, 401 Main St.

•Zumbrota: 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Zumbrota City Hall council chambers, 175 West Ave.

School districts

•Cannon Falls: 6 p.m. Dec. 16, Cannon Falls High School, 820 E. Minnesota St.

•Faribault: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Faribault City Hall, 208 1st Ave. NW

•Goodhue: 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Goodhue School, 510 3rd Ave.

•Hastings: 6:30 p.m Dec. 11, District Office Board Room, 1000 11th St. W. 

•Lake City: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Lincoln High School, 300 South Garden St.

•Northfield: 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Northfield High School, 1400 Division St. S

•Pine Island: 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Pine Island High School, 223 1st Ave. SE

•Randolph: 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Randolph School, 29110 Davisson Ave.

•Red Wing: 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge

•Triton: 6:01 p.m. Dec. 16, Triton High School, 813 West Highway St., Dodge Center

•Zumbrota-Mazeppa: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, high school, 705 Mill St., Zumbrota

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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