28.3% of Rochester property taxes are due to state aid (LGA and MVC) cuts since just 2003.Despite Rochester’s fiduciary restraint that has greatly reduced our per-capita tax burden, we have still seen property tax increases. In fact, now approaching one third of our property taxes are a result of state cuts just since 2003.
2003 is a good point in time to compare to because that was the first year of the new state aid formula that was supported by former governor Tim Pawlenty. In running for office, Gov. Pawlenty promised to not cut LGA because, as he acknowledged it would lead to property tax increases. While Mr. Pawlenty didn’t even try to uphold his campaign promise, he was correct that the cuts would lead to property tax increases.