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Making sense of Northfield’s property taxes and the proposed budget

property tax imageThere must be others like me whose eyes glaze over when a discussion of local property taxes and the budget comes up. So let’s try to make sense of Northfield’s property taxes, both residential and commercial, and their relationship to the 2010 budget.

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Streetlights: energy wasters, light polluters, tax generators?

IMG_2670Nfld News: New fee on streetlights rolls forward. “City Engineer Katy Gehler-Hess said single-family residential properties would be charged a flat $2 monthly rate, while commercial, industrial, multi-family residential and public properties would pay $9.50 an acre. ” USA Today: Cities turn off streetlights to save money. “Northfield, Minn., a city of 19,000 will decide next month whether to add a $2.25 streetlight fee to monthly water and sewer bills. More than 30 Minnesota towns have added the fee. “Streetlights are more expensive than people realize,” Northfield Mayor Mary Rossing says. Her city spends about $230,000 a year on streetlights.”