Watershed “Contributions”

July 7, 2011 at 8:54 am 3 comments

It’s hard not to get annoyed by the words politicians use instead of saying “taxes.”  First, it is revenue, then it’s an investment etc.  But the Basset Creek Watershed Management Commission takes the cake.  To them your tax dollars are a “contribution.”

The nine member cities support the commission though annual contributions, which are computed using a formula based on the net capacity of all property within the watershed and the total area of each member city within the watershed as compared to the total area within the watershed.

Huh?  Does anyone get that?

Well here is what your city is “contributing”

Crystal; $24, 067

Golden Valley; $112,052

Medicine Lake; $3,298

Minneapolis; $33,246

Minnetonka; $23,031

New Hope; $24,445

Plymouth: $205,093

Robbinsdale; $8,077

St. Louis Park; $16,565

it’s funny, we don’t recall electing these people to spend our money.

Even worse is the Shingle Creek Watershed; look at the increases in the levy!

$$ 2010/$$ 2011

Brooklyn Center; 37,100/42,411  

Brooklyn Park; 75,905/87,200

Crystal; 24,645/28,837

Maple Grove; 54,480/65,494

Minneapolis; 22,284/23,938

New Hope; 24,186/28,080

Osseo; 3,782/4,493

Plymouth; 44,115/55,163

Robbinsdale; 17,903/19,784

total; 304,400/353,400

A $49,000 increase?  That is a 16.1% increase!  Can someone please tell us where our elected representation is?  That is, besides spending our money and then whining that they don’t have more!


Entry filed under: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Community, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Taxation.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wants2know  |  July 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Great Post!!
    How did these Watershed Districts get authorization to levy taxes? How are these funds managed?
    Is this another layer of unelected unaccountable government?
    Unfortunately, most of us have no idea what the answers to these questions are?
    Don’t you think it’s time to start finding out?
    Do we really need expensive bicycle trail networks and streets that are major traffic routes that limit motorized vehicles by adding bicycle lanes?
    What purpose do all these changes in urban planning actually serve?
    Who benefits most from this planning?
    Most importantly, how can you help uncover the answers to these questions?
    Join us at Community Solutions to discover them.

  • 2. seaweavermarine  |  August 7, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Just found this in researching water control ICLEI..
    Here in NC we have a Mountains to Sea Trail. It exists….but now alternate routes are being planned along nearly every single water shed in our county…Orange County…the most liberal county in the southeast.
    This trail piggy backs onto Ag Best Managing Practices which are pushing farmers to become dependent on groundwater for their cattle by building fences along streams and ponds and drilling wells for a partial reimbursement. These corridors make purrrfect trail passages. Once the “nice” idea of a trail is sold on the land owner they loose what water rights they have left…and have an UN-regulated trail for the public 24/7.
    Our county has two districts.One is small, heavily populated and decidedly Progressive (Chapel Hill UNC) and the other large/rural and less populated. The voting structure allows the Progressives to determine the other precinct’s representative…and that rep always caters to them for re-election…and they love Agenda 21.

  • 3. communitysolutionsmn  |  August 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    seaweavermarine… thanks for the input! ICLEI poses a huge threat across the country. Local governments need to rout them out and regain local control over their public lands. Good luck, and keep us posted!


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