Reaction mixed to property tax plan

Buzz Anderson

Cities can accept a large property tax reform bill, counties don’t know what to think about it and non-profit organizations love it.

And its chief author is optimistic that he can convince Gov. Tim Pawlenty to accept at least part of the measure.

The bill written by Rep. Paul Marquart and others features a provision allowing Minnesota counties to institute a half-percent sales tax instead of raising property taxes. Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said that would ease property taxes on the poorest Minnesotans because the sales tax is easier for the poor to handle since there is no tax on food and clothing.

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