Low taxes, high-quality services
Our mission in Dakota County is to ensure residents’ tax dollars are hard at work by providing efficient, effective and responsive government services. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners carefully allocates your tax dollars to support many important county functions – including transportation and transit, public safety, excellent parks and libraries, supporting and improving the health of residents, and many more.
Best of all, we offer residents high-quality services combined with the lowest county tax rate in the metro area. In fact, in 2016 Dakota County had the lowest per-capita property tax rate of any county in Minnesota.
Many county services are provided under state mandates and regulations. In 2017, the Dakota County budget and tax levy are affected by the combination of inflation and increases in the volume and complexity of state-mandated services that the County must provide. However, every year we do our best to cut costs without cutting corners or compromising services. Consistent with past years’ surveys, our 2016 residential survey
showed that residents rate highly the services we deliver and the value they get for their tax dollars. We will continue to make sure our services are a good value.
Where your tax dollars go
Whether you realize it or not, the services your property tax dollars support impact your life and the lives of others in a variety of ways. The Board of Commissioners makes sure you get quality services and good value for your money. Careful long-term planning and forward thinking have helped keep the tax levy at the lowest per capita rate in the state and retired all tax-supported county debt.
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 taxes are being used by Dakota County.