A good value for your tax dollar
Whether you realize it or not, the county services your property tax dollars support touch your life and the lives of others in many ways every day. From maintaining roads to maintaining property records, protecting the environment to protecting the health of kids, finding homes for those in need to finding justice for crime victims, we do our best to provide high-quality service while keeping costs low.
In a benchmark comparison with 49 U.S. counties, Dakota County ranked highest in overall quality of life — receiving an approval rating of 97 percent from residents in our 2019 Resident Survey — an all-time high. Best of all, we provide services at the lowest county tax rate in the metro area and at the lowest per capita county tax in Minnesota.
The work of county government is challenging — delivering a wide range of services to a growing and changing population — in the best way possible — at the lowest cost to taxpayers. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners works to make sure you get the best value for your tax dollar, so Dakota County can continue to be a great place to live.
Careful long-term planning and forward thinking helps the Dakota County Board of Commissioners keep your property tax rates low while continuing to deliver high-quality services, so you get good value for your dollar. For 2020, a one-time increase in ongoing state funding, growth in other revenue, and continued cost-saving measures make it possible for Dakota County to hold the tax levy maximum increase in 2020 to 2.9 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 2020.
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 property taxes is used.