Pleas for Ramsey County: Cut taxes, but save services

Some Ramsey County residents could see dramatic increases in their property taxes despite the county's plan to cut spending. Hundreds of taxpayers turned out at a hearing to plead with leaders to lessen the tax burden, but many people had equally passionate pleas to preserve public services.
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Some Ramsey County residents could see dramatic increases in their property taxes despite the county's plan to cut spending. Hundreds of taxpayers turned out at a hearing to plead with leaders to lessen the tax burden, but many people had equally passionate pleas to preserve public services.

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