Typical Annual Increase Is 1.6 Percent

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Property owners in Hennepin County could see the annual increase in their property taxes nearly triple next year.

On Tuesday, county officials proposed a property tax increase of nearly 4.5 percent. The typical annual increase in the county is 1.6 percent.

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The proposed proposal would mean the owner of a median-value home would see their taxes go up by about $40.

Officials say the rise would help cover the costs of many things, including additional services to residents.

“The proposed budget represents thoughtful consideration about the current and future needs of Hennepin County,” Hennepin County Administrator David Hough said to the board. “The proposed budget you will consider today and in the coming months, reflects our recommendations on how to best position the county for the future and maintain or enhance our commitment to serve residents.”

A series of public meetings will be held to discuss the proposal. The first is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

Ten other meetings will be held in the coming months:

Thursday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Budget Hearing for Human Services and Public Health

Monday, September 14, 9 a.m. to noon
Budget Hearing for Public Safety

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Tuesday, September 22, 1:30 p.m.
County Board adopts 2016 maximum tax levy and budget.

Friday, September 25, 9 a.m. to noon
Budget Hearing for Health
Human Services and Public Health (follow-up if needed)

Monday, November 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Capital Budgeting Task Force (CBTF) Report/Capital Presentation/Fees

Tuesday, December 1, 6 p.m.
Board holds Truth-in-Taxation public meeting

Thursday, December 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Budget Amendments

Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. to noon
Budget Amendments

Friday, December 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (if needed)
Budget Amendments

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Tuesday, December 15, 1:30 p.m.
County Board will approve the 2016 budget and levy at its regularly scheduled board meeting.