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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Right wing Channel 5 has online item about Anoka County Board tax increase.

Yes, in being prudent even this board, with the saddening majority it has, does what is needed if needed.

Item, here, headlined: Anoka Co. Board Approves Tax Levy Increase for 2016, Updated: 09/25/2015 12:02 PM -- Created: 09/25/2015 11:23 AM -- By: Jennie Lissarrague

An interesting riff:

The 2016 preliminary tax levy was set at about $122.4 million, which is compared to last year’s tax levy of $119.4 million.

County officials say the increase will be used to cover the cost of new legislation along with the transfer of costs from the state to the county for mandated services for children, vulnerable adults and people with mental illness.

[italics added] Usually career politician Matt Look is eager to give a quote for attribution. Taxes get raised, and "county officials" speak to the press. Also, where's Rhonda?

In fairness to the Republican-dominated county board, the bit about " ... cover the cost of new legislation ... " has a true ring to it, but which party is it, really, in the legislature bent on the trick of fobbing off state responsibility onto local government? So the story from "county officials" is we must deal with the tricksterism of our own Republican party in the legislature hacking out a budget in concert with crypto-Republican Tom Bakk.

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