The 2014 Dakota County tax rate is equivalent to what it was in 2009. That’s no small accomplishment. How have we done this? By planning for the long haul and exercising fiscal restraint, which is why we have AAA bond ratings for financial management. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has always focused on protecting services that are “need to have” rather than “nice to have.” This practice allowed the County to cut $40 million from the budget and about 130 workforce positions between 2009 and 2013.
The more you know about where your money goes, the more confident you’ll be that our services are a good value. This pie chart shows exactly how property taxes are being used by Dakota County.
We do the important things first
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners never forgets it is your money — your property taxes — that fund our services to you. That’s why we work hard to manage costs and why we’ve had zero net levy growth between 2010 and 2014.
We continue to maintain one of the lowest per capita county tax rates in Minnesota. But low taxes only matter if we provide great services. Libraries are one of those great services. So this year, we improved them again.
New study spaces, children’s nooks and computer centers are just a few of the renovations we recently completed in two of our library branches to nurture developing minds. We did this because we know that kids who read grow up to succeed. We hope you’ll use our libraries to help raise a reader.