The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners approved the distribution of $1,085,465 in 2020 surplus revenues generated from the management of tax-forfeited lands at its Tuesday, April 13, meeting.
The funds were generated from the sale of tax-forfeited properties and the sale of timber on county-managed tax-forfeited lands. Under the approved allocation, local cities, townships and school districts will receive $325,639.
“Over the past five years, just over $5.8 million in revenue from county-managed lands has been generated for local governments,” Environmental Services Supervisor Ryan Simonson stated in a news release.
Local school districts will receive a total of $217,093. Cities and townships will receive a total of $108,546. By statute, the county recreation fund will receive $108,546, and $434,186 will be added to the county capital building fund with an additional $217,093 added to the county general fund.
“These dollars reduce tax levy spending by covering forest management costs and adding dollars to the county general fund. The funds also reduce local tax burdens by providing revenue to schools, cities and townships within the county,” Simonson stated.
Exact amounts to be distributed are based upon revenue linked directly to parcels located within individual taxing districts where any land or timber sales occurred, and are apportioned by percentages established in state statute.
The county manages 105,000 acres of land for clean water, healthy forests and diverse recreational opportunities, the release stated. County forest lands are third party-certified to strict environmental standards.