Even before Minnesota property tax levies are locked in, the effort to assign political meaning to the bills awaiting homeowners and others is in full swing.
Minnesota Democrats, who predicted a drop in property taxes, are left to explain why that didn't happen in most places. Legislative Republicans are holding it up as a broken promise that they'll remind voters of in the next election.
Despite tens of millions of dollars in extra help from the state, preliminary levy data show only about 11 percent of cities plan to cut tax levies.
However that is not true for some local property tax levies. Both Winona County and Goodview have set preliminary property tax levies at zero percent increases and the City of Winona's preliminary levy was set to decline by 1.4 percent from its 2013 levy.
Minnesota Public Radio News reported Tuesday on Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans' push to highlight cities that held the line.
Local officials will set their final levies by Dec. 27th. Final statewide data is due in February......