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Dakota County taxpayers probably will see a slight increase in the county portion of their 2016 property taxes following action last week by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the county board approved a 2016 budget of $400,982,893 and property tax levy (what the taxpayers will pay) of $130,196,625. The approved levy reflects an increase of .41 percent from the 2015 approved levy.
Minnesota sheriffs reported to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that 43,315 permits were applied for to carry handguns in the state in 2014. That was down nearly one-third from the number issued in 2013. Dakota County ranked third among the top five counties issuing permits in 2014, with 2,691. That number is a drop from the 4,125 permits issued for 2013.
The newly-created electronic crimes unit in the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office now has another strategy for stopping violence against women. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners authorized sheriff Tim Leslie to hire one additional full-time electronic forensic analyst.
More than 15 years ago, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the Mississippi River Regional Trail system. A portion in the Spring Lake Park Reserve was included. Last week, the county board awarded a bid to complete the 4.5 miles of the trail, beginning in the spring. At its regular meeting, the county board awarded the project bid to Veil and Company Inc.
It looked like an art room for almost two hours last week, with bright red stockings, decorations, paste and eager helpers. But this was not an elementary school art room. It was the program room at the Dakota County Jail. The helpers were inmates who decorated 60 stockings, making them ready to be filled with Christmas goodies.
Dakota County taxpayers will likely see a slight increase in the county portion of their property taxes for 2015 as a result of action taken this week by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners . At its regular meeting Tuesday, the county board voted unanimously to approve a 2015 levy of $129,661,717.
Dakota County has some major requests for the 2015 Minnesota Legislature .
It is a different year than other years when Dakota County has set its annual budgets and tax levies. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners heard the 2015 recommended budget is $356.8 million, which funds the equivalent of 1,777.1 full-time positions. Dakota County Manager Brandt Richardson presented the proposed budget before the commissioners began budget workshops. In September, the commissioners approved a proposed 2015 property tax levy of $129,661,717, which is about 1 percent more than this year.
Dakota County taxpayers may see a 2.6 percent increase in the county share of property taxes in 2015. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a proposed 2015 property tax levy of $129,661,717, an increase of 1 percent from the 2014 levy of $128,377,938. By state law, county boards must adopt proposed property tax levies by Sept. 30. The proposed levy is the amount that will be used on all Truth in Taxation notices and proposed parcel-specific tax statements.
After a 2013 study found higher than expected nitrate concentrations in private drinking wells in some Dakota County townships, the county has decided to conduct another, expanded study while also offering the opportunity for additional testing for those who participated the first time. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the execution of a joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to receive a $75,767 targeted townships nitrate sampling project. In the 2013 pilot project, MDA provided the county wi