The shutdown of Minnesota state government was partially due to the fact that the Minnesota GOP members wanted everyone to share in the burden of budget issues while the DFL believed the richest Minnesotans should be the ones shouldering the burden. With the GOP coming out on top of the shutdown now everyone is sharing in the burden of the state’s budget woes and because of this the cuts at the state level are making their way down to the local level. Unfortunately instead of making the service cuts required to match the lack of funding provided by the state, two local counties are instead passing the costs on to the taxpayers.
From a recent Savage Pacer article about Scott County’s decision-making in this regard:
After years of covering state reductions, County Board members appear unwilling – and in their minds, unable – to eat such a large tax increase set in motion by the state Legislature.
“Someone else is painting us into the corner,” said Scott County Board Chairman Tom Wolf of Credit River Township, who was elected on an anti-tax increase platform.
From a similar Pioneer Press article about Dakota County:
“A great deal of burden has been put on local government to solve the state’s financial budgets,” Schouweiler said. “It’s unfortunate the Legislature chose to increase property taxes (for people)…whether or not they can afford to pay the increase.”
Do you personally believe that the counties should have passed the increases on to the taxpayers or do you think that they should have made more cuts to services to make up the difference? Do you think that it’s fair for the counties to blame the legislature for these increases when it was the counties who were directly benefiting from the money being doled out by the taxpayers through the state? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.