As chairman of the Minnesota House Property Taxes Division, one of my top priorities is to deliver long-overdue property tax relief to our farm families. We made great strides in this area last session, as a new law institutes a 40 percent property tax reduction for rural landowners if their school district approves a bond levy. In all, 240,000 farmers will receive property tax relief to reduce their proportionate share of school district debt service.
As chairman of the Minnesota House Property Tax Division, I was confident that the $650 million tax relief proposal championed and approved by legislative Republicans last session would ultimately result in reducing property taxes across this state. I have good news to report, as the nonpartisan Minnesota House Research Department notes in a recent analysis that Minnesotans will be paying $121 million less in property taxes thanks to our new tax reform laws. See the report at
Viewpoint Over the years, a large number of Goodhue County residents have been outraged over discussion of a passenger rail line, including Zip Rail, being constructed from Rochester to the Twin Cities.