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City of Bloomington lowers Tax Levy

Well this was certainly great news, especially for me since I own property in Bloomington.  The City has lowered their property tax levy for 2012, not by much but at least they are trying.  Given the changes in the Homestead Taxes, I don’t expect to see any actual reduction in the property taxes.  Funny how one takes this with relative nature, “at least it didn’t go up more..”

Bloomington reduced its total City levy despite state changes in Market Value Homestead Credit and relative values between residential and commercial properties. The City Council’s objective is to hold the median value home’s 2012 property taxes for City services at $67.82 per month, the same amount as in 2010 and 2011, with the average value home seeing a 1.45 percent decrease for 2012. See table below.

Property tax cost of services


Change from
prior yr.

Median value home monthly cost of tax-supported services

Average value home monthly cost of tax-
supported services
















The property tax dollar levy for a median value and average value home is shown for the past three years. In 2011, the City Council approved a levy decrease. Over the past 20 years through 2011, the average levy increase was 3.24%. 2012 figures are preliminary. It can be reduced but not increased.

2012 median value home – $207,300; 2010 average value home: $235,500.

The City of Bloomington does a fairly good job on explaining why the taxes continue to increase even while our values are decreasing.  If you read this blog you will recognize the flow of this chart from another post of mine comparing the CPI with the FHFA Home Price Index.  The City property taxes seem to be pacing along the track of inflation, give or take.  Our home values are heading back down to keep more in line with the inflation.  Things are balancing back out naturally.

One of the great things about Bloomington is their fiscal responsibility, compared with other nearby Cities.  The only downside is we are still subject to Hennepin County tax levies and Schools district levies.  But for the Twin Cities area, Bloomington offers very nice affordable homes and a relatively low property tax rate.

If you are interested in further detail on The City of Bloomington’s property taxes, the City has published a very in-depth explanation you can read on their website.

If you are considering relocating, I highly recommend you look into Bloomington.  It is a great location within the Twin Cities at a great value.  Contact me if you would like further information about Bloomington Real Estate.

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Rosemount gets it right! Rosemount City Council lowers Property Taxes!

That was so much fun to write that!  Having been bombarded by news of property tax hikes across the Twin Cities metro, I saw this headline and had to share it.   A City Council that understands and worked hard to get it right.  Congratulations.  If you live in Rosemount, you should call your City Council and Thank them for their hard work.  Their hard work has made many twin city residents envious of Rosemount residents, but it also shows that it CAN be done.

The approved preliminary levy reduced the levy over 2011 by 5.75 percent. This is the fourth year in a row the city’s share of taxes has decreased. Over the four-year period the property tax on a median value home has decreased $204. A median value home in Rosemount is worth $201,600.

The city council voted to decrease the tax levy by $630,325. Most of that is because of the repeals of the market value homestead credit. The city saved additional money when it got its insurance rate for 2012. The council had planned on a 20 percent increase, but the number came back at a 5 percent increase.

Read Full Article here.


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Interfaith Outreach (IOCP) goes before Wayzata City Council, Affordable Housing Proposal

Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) is proposing a multifamily “affordable housing” rental project at the corner of Rice Street and Grand Ave in Wayzata, MN. Surprisingly enough there is opposition to this. They are going before the City Council tonight for project approval.

Read Full Article from Wayzata.com

The IOCP Grand Avenue project will once again be before the City Council tonight, and Wayzata.com will be covering all the action.

Will the Council elect to follow the recommendation and guidelines of the Wayzata Planning Commission, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the City Charter by voting the project down? Or will the members succomb to pleasing IOCP by allowing this project? We will find out tonight!

Ms. Bader made a motion, seconded by Mr. Amdal, directing staff to prepare a resolution of approval for Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) to redevelop the former IOCP office building at 110 Grand Avenue South into six units of affordable rental housing subject to the development agreement addressing events of default to prevent the subject property from becoming market rate housing or a nuisance. The motion carried 3/2 (Tanner, Mullin).

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Plymouth, MN Mosque and Islamic Center Approved for Old Post Office Site

Plymouth, MN Mosque and Islamic Center Approved for Old Post Office Site.

For those of who you who had interest in the Plymouth Mosque.  It was unanimously approved by the City Council last night.

I was tied up on appointments all day yesterday and was unable to get the news out on this update.  John Murphy did a great follow up to this Plymouth Mosque City Council meeting.


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City of Plymouth Mosque. Zoning

This mosque proposal has certainly gotten a lot of attention, so I thought I would gather some general information on this.  unfortunately the Minutes from the Planning Commission meeting are not yet published online, so I will go with what is available right now.

  The property the mosque is looking at building on is located on the old Post Office site across from City Hall.  It consists of approx 2.54 acres and is listed for sale at $800,000.

The current Zoning Map, the Property is CC-P (City Center Public)  Based on the City of Plymouth‘s Zoning and their Zoning Guidelines for CC-P, rezoning wouldn’t have to take place – it depends on how you define Community Center.  According to Plymouth’s Zoning, Community Center is defined as:

A Building or room or group of rooms within a building designed specifically as a gathering place for the general public or for a specific sement of the general public and operated on a non-profit basis.  (source: Plymouth Zoning Ordinance)

That sounds to me like a religious gathering place would be permitted by the zoning. (Church, Synagogue, Temple and Mosque – did I leave anyone out?).

Here is the Zoning Guidelines for CC-P in Plymouth:  (can also be found on Plymouth’s website)


The following are permitted uses within the CC District:

Subd. 1.


(a) Amphitheaters.

(b) Bus/transit stations or terminals without vehicle storage.

(c) Commercial recreation, indoor (e.g., bowling alleys, roller rinks).

(d) Community centers.

(e) Essential services not including structures, except those requiring administrative permits or conditional use permits pursuant to Section 21160 of this Chapter.

(f) Governmental and public utility (essential service) buildings and structures, including public works type facilities, excluding outdoor storage.

(g) Parks and recreational facilities, structures and buildings.

(h) Publicly owned civic or cultural buildings such as libraries, city offices, auditoriums, public administration buildings and historical developments.

(i) Sports and fitness clubs.

(Amended by Ord. No. 2002-32, 11/26/02) (Amended by Ord. No. 2005-01, 01/11/05) (Amended by Ord. No. 2006-04, 02/07/06) (Amended by Ord. No. 2007-28, 11/13/07) (Amended by Ord. No. 2009-07, 05/12/09)

The City does not exactly have a track record of following their “Zoning”.  They have time and again turned people down on proposals that fit within in the zoning requirements by coming up with other “objections” that can’t always be quantified.  A recent disregard for property rights was the denial of Wal-Mart’s proposal on 169 and 9 recently, they fit within the zoning requirements and were still turned down.  So it is anyones guess what will happen with this proposal.

I am a huge proponent of Property Rights.  If the use fits within in the City’s Zoning laws, than it should be permitted.  Whether or not neighbors object it, and whether or not I object to it – it is the Owner’s Rights to do with their land what they see fit (within the law – Zoning being one of them)

If people really object to the mosque or Wal-Mart being built, then they should buy the property and do with it what they think should be put there.

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Plymouth mosque plan goes forward despite some tension

Plymouth City Council will be hearing a proposal for the old Post Office site across from City Hall in Plymouth. 

Plymouth mosque plan goes forward despite some tension

by Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio

August 18, 2011


Plymouth, Minn. — A proposal to house a mosque in a soon-to-be-closed suburban post office is now heading to the Plymouth City Council, after being reviewed by the city’s planning commission Wednesday night.

About 200 people attended the hearing, which commissioners tried to limit to a discussion about logistics such as parking spaces, access and building use.

But of the 16 or so people who spoke before the commission, two raised objections to the mosque on religious grounds, and the atmosphere sometimes grew heated.

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