Ouch Baby, Very Ouch
By Andrew Richter
A nice letter to the editor recently highlighted Jeff Lunde’s tax and spend Brooklyn Park;
There seems to be no end to the cost of living increases in Brooklyn Park. First, tax increases to pay for street repairs is called franchise fees collected for the city by our gas and electric suppliers. Apparently the city administration feels if they call it a fee, the taxpayers will be too ignorant to see this as a tax increase.
You mean a fee and a tax are the same? LOL
Secondly, real estate taxable market value increased 9 percent for year 2016 and 11 percent for year 2017 enabling local government (city, county and school districts) to bleed the taxpayers more in real estate taxes. Third, now the water and sewer rates need to increase all while the city of Brooklyn Park threw away $6 million from 2005 through 2014 operating two golf courses.
Now I don’t know if these numbers are right or not but I can tell you that property value has little to do with property taxes. They go up no matter what!
Two businesses that are losing money every year and pay $0 property taxes because they are city owned. When will the power brokers in Brooklyn Park figure out they are not smart enough to operate golf courses and sell them to professionals who know what they are doing? The city, county and school districts could actually collect property taxes from these businesses if privately owned.
Like I said, ouch baby!