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Rep. Paul Marquart, who leads a Minnesota House property tax committee, released a plan Monday that allows counties to raise the sales tax instead of property taxes, repeals a cap on property tax increases and exempts charitable organizations from property taxes. The Dilworth Democrat's committee hears from the public today on the plan. Scott Wente photo

Plan raises sales tax, not property tax

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ST. PAUL - Counties would get new taxing authority, local levy limits disappear and some charitable organizations would be relieved of paying property taxes under a Democratic tax plan unveiled Monday.

To make up for anticipated state aid reductions, the proposal allows counties to impose a 0.5 percent sales tax increase instead of raising property taxes.

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