Making the most of your tax dollars
We never forget it’s your property tax dollars that fund our services to you. Over the past nine years, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners
limited tax levy growth to less than one percent, on average per year, while continuing to deliver the services residents expect. How? By planning
ahead, looking for cost-effective and innovative ways to deliver services and partnering with others to get the job done. Here are two examples
of how we make the most of your tax dollars.
Partnering with the state and the City of Rosemount, our County Road 42/Highway 52 interchange improvement project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. By temporarily closing County Road 42 and installing four short-term thru-traffic lanes on Highway 52, the contractor had full access to replacing both highway bridges at once.
We partner with school districts and nonprofits to identify at-risk kids early-on through our Birth to Age 8 initiative. This partnership helps kids get the resources they need to meet key developmental milestones by third grade, so they are more likely to have family stability, graduate high school, and enjoy social and economic success.
2019 County tax levy growth held to 2.6% or less
This year, we eliminated the Regional Rail Authority levy to help hold the net growth in the Dakota County proposed maximum levy for 2019 to 2.6 percent or less. This is the lowest County-proposed tax increase in the metro area and one of the lowest in the state again for 2019. Careful long-term planning and forward thinking helps us keep your property tax rates low while continuing to deliver high-quality services, so you get good value for your money.
Property taxes that support your city, school district and other taxing districts will vary. This pie chart shows how the Dakota County portion of your taxes is used.