Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

DNR issues citations for protest netting on Gull Lake

Advertisement

Gazelka increased taxes

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
opinion Brainerd,MN 56401 http://www.brainerddispatch.com/sites/all/themes/brainerddispatch_theme/images/social_default_image.png
Brainerd Dispatch
customer support
Gazelka increased taxes
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Gazelka increased taxes

Why are your property taxes higher? Because the last Republican-controlled legislature repealed the Homestead Credit. Paul Gazelka voted for that. Gazelka could have raised income taxes on the wealthiest, but he raised our property taxes instead.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Republicans try to blame increased property taxes on local governments, but that’s not true. Even without local tax increases, property taxes increased for farmers, small businesses and homeowners.

Minnesota Department of Revenue makes it clear that taking away the Homestead Credit caused increased property taxes, especially in poorer areas (www.revenue.state.mn.us/propertytax.) Except for property around some of our lakes, this district is definitely one of the poorer areas of Minnesota.

Paul Gazelka voted to remove Homestead Credit even though it was made clear in committees and in debates on the floor that it would hurt rural Minnesota most. If he truly understood this area, Gazelka should have listened and voted no. But Paul Gazelka voted yes.

It doesn’t make any difference if Gazelka didn’t know or if he didn’t care; the result is the same here in District 9. Let’s restore the Homestead Credit and remove anyone who voted to eliminate it. Elect someone who understands rural Minnesota and this district.

Elect Al Doty.

Michele Caron

Little Falls

Advertisement
Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
Advertisement
Advertisement