Last week the Property and Local Taxes Division held a hearing on the Property Tax Working group’s final report. There were a couple of questions relating to Truth and Taxation. Representative Marquardt Dilworth asked a question about Truth and Taxation hearings. He was concerned about the lack of participation by the public in these hearings. The sense of the hearing was that Property Tax owners who came to these meetings came to challenge their property tax assessments. It was made clear that most citizens do not attend Truth and Taxation meetings and that those who attend a large number do not understand the reason that these meetings are being held. Truth and Taxation hearings are not set up for individuals to challenge their property taxes.
This begs a number of questions should the state discontinue Truth and Taxation hearings? Should the state set up a Property Tax appeals system that is transparent and makes it easy for property owners to challenge their taxes? Should the State publish a document explaining how to appeal your taxes and list the likely out comes of protesting your taxes? We would like your answers to these questions. RPT MN staff will continue to bring up issues relating to your property taxes.
The challenge remains on how government can engage s tax payers.