Skip to main content

To fix deteriorating roads and bridges, property taxes for Minnesotans expected to rise

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Want roads and schools to improve in your neighborhood? Well, you may have to cough up 4 percent more in taxes next year to pay for it.

Minnesotans will pay the price for a couple of years of relief from big tax hikes, as cities, counties and school districts are all expected to reveal increases twice the size of last year's, according to estimates from the state's revenue department.

And after last winter's frigid temperatures exacted a heavy toll on Minnesota's roads, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans told the Pioneer Press the roads are a priority. He said local officials are being pressured to make repairs and improve other infrastructure, which is part of what's leading to the expected tax hike.

In the fallout from last winter, the state of Minnesota forked out an extra $15 million on pothole repairs on state highways, city and county roads, KARE 11 reports, while at the local level, St. Paul was one of the councils to dip into emergency funds to carry out repairs on some of its worst-hit roads.

MPR reports the tax hike will also be bigger than usual because the local tax burden is falling back on homeowners, after a period of years during the financial crisis when more was taken from businesses.

The Pioneer Press notes that in 2013 and 2014, more financial aid was provided to local entities – such as schools or governments – so they could keep property taxes on individuals lower. But now that financial aid is done, meaning those entities have to dip into property taxes to once again get funding.

Cities, counties, townships and school districts will make their final decision on tax levels for 2015 on Dec. 26.

In total, Minnesotans could end up handing over an estimated $7.93 billion in property taxes next year, up from $7.62 billion in 2014, according to KSTP.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Press Bar fire

Owner of St. Cloud bar gets 6 years for arson, ordered to repay $3M

A February 2020 fire at the Press Bar and Parlor was later determined to be an insurance job.


Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football

Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 2.23.15 PM

Walz sends MN first responders to help with hurricane recovery in Florida

Eight members of the Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team will travel to Florida.


It was the driest September in Twin Cities modern history

Less than a quarter inch of rain fell in September.

Jay James Olson

Sauk Rapids man pleads guilty to making, selling ghost guns

The 21-year-old would sell unserialized guns, silencers, auto-sears, and high-capacity magazines.

Pixabay - gray squirrel

Squirrel blamed for Friday power outage impacting over 5,000 homes

There's no telling when or where the squirrels will strike next.