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A good value for your tax dollar
The work of county government is challenging — delivering a multitude of services to a growing and increasingly diverse population — in the best way possible — at the lowest cost to taxpayers.
 
We do everything 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 cut costs without cutting corners and compromising service.
 
Our biennial residential survey consistently shows that residents approve of the services we deliver and how we deliver them. Best of all, we do it at the lowest county tax rate in the metro area and at one of the lowest per capita county tax rates in Minnesota — just $47 per month on a $209,200 median-value home in
2015.
 
Whether you realize it or not, the services your property tax dollars provide touch your life and the lives of others in many ways every day. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners makes sure you get good value for your money to make Dakota County a great place to live.
 
 
Tax increase held to 0.5 percent or less for 2016
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners knows that balancing the budget is important, so they continually look for ways to contain rising costs within the current budget before asking taxpayers for any new taxes.
 
Dakota County has limited tax levy growth to a total of just 1 percent over
the past six years, while continuing to deliver the services residents want and need.
 
A recovering economy, tightening labor market and increasing demand for
services are creating budget pressures in 2016 that may require up to a half-percent
increase in property taxes.
 
Under the proposed budget and levy, a typical home will pay about $13 more
in county tax next year. Of that, $3 is due to the tax levy increase, and $10
will come from shifts that result from value increases on that home and other
properties. Dakota County’s property tax rate remains the lowest in the metro area, and among the lowest in Minnesota.
 
The more you know about where your money goes, the more confident you’ll
be that our services are a good value. The pie chart shows how Dakota County
uses your tax dollars.
 
 
 

Last updated: 9/21/2016 3:08 AM