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Minneapolis taxpayers group protests property tax hikes

Even with news this week that Minneapolis Mayor R.T.

Even with news this week that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council leaders plan to lower the proposed property tax hike from 6.5 percent to 4.7 percent, some say it’s still too high.

One angry group, Minneapolis Tax Payers United, plans a Dec. 13 protest on the City Hall steps at 5 p.m.

“While we commend the Mayor and the council for their effort, I’m not certain they are listening,” said Mark Johnson of Minneapolis Tax Payers United in a news release. “When property values go down and people have less money, the increase needs be 0% or less. It shouldn’t be a question of how many people are we going to tax out of their homes. We don’t have the money. Don’t ask for it.”

Said Scott Pekarak: “This isn’t just a few people angry about high taxes this year. This is a city that has suffered from persistent tax hikes, and this year’s proposal just happened to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, unleashing years of frustration from long-distressed property owners. The city needs to resolve the systemic problems that have doubled property taxes over the last 9 years. This simply can’t continue. It’s unsustainable.”

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The group’s website says:

“Our silence is their stamp of approval. If the taxpayer does not stand up in opposition to this, we will continue to suffer increased subjugation until all the hard-working, responsible members of our community have wisely moved out of town. But, the people of Minneapolis will not yield their beloved city without a fight.”