There are more than 70 independent local governments in Hennepin County that have authority to levy a property tax. Except for school districts, each of these taxing districts goes through a budget process annually to decide:
The services provided by school districts, and the funding of those services, are determined by state law or by referendum.
In most cases, not all the money needed can be raised from state aid, grants, fees or fines. The rest is raised through property taxes.
All property is located in more than one taxing district. For example, property can be in a county, city, school district and other special taxing districts. Your property tax statement is really seven to ten tax bills, consolidated into one statement.
Here are some common types of taxing districts and some of the services they provide:
|County||City or Town||School Districts||Metropolitan Special Taxing Districts||Other Special Taxing Districts|
|Social services||Roads and streets||K-12 education||Transportation||Regional parks|
|Public Health||Police and fire||Community education||Regional sewer system||Regional railroads|
|Roads and highways||Parks and recreation||Mosquito control (public health)||Museums|
|Corrections||Building safety||Public housing|
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