Dakota County has a long history of being smart and responsible about how we use your tax dollars and balance the budget. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners knows you work hard for your money, so they continually look for ways to contain rising costs within the current budget before asking for any new taxes. Over the past six years, Dakota County was able to limit its tax levy growth to less than one-half percent, on average per year, while paying off all tax-supported County debt and continuing to deliver the services residents want and need.
Your County tax dollars provide thousands of acres of beautiful parks and open space, miles of regional trails and tens of thousands of library books and online resources; help maintain hundreds of miles of County roads, traffic signals and bridges; support families in need of housing and food; provide for the County jail and supervision of clients on probation; and much more.
Overall tax levy growth held to 1.9% or less for 2018
A major reduction in the Regional Rail Authority levy and an increase in the Dakota County proposed maximum levy holds the net tax levy increase for 2018 to 1.9 percent or less. Reducing the Regional Rail Authority levy to help offset cost pressures on the County tax levy is an example of the Dakota County Board’s continuing commitment to reallocate budgets and make use of other resources to keep property tax rates low and the quality of services high, 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.