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Willmar City Council approved the preliminary levy and budget for 2023, which was presented by Mayor Marv Calvin, at its Sept. 19 meeting. This amount may decrease before the final levy is approved after the Truth-in-Taxation public hearing Dec. 5, 2022, but it cannot increase.
The school share of property tax bills will increase about 3%, bringing nearly $270,000 additional funding for Willmar Public Schools. The School Board also approved a tax abatement for MinnWest Technology Campus.
The Kandiyohi County property tax levy for 2023 was preliminarily certified to rise 2.9% over the 2022 levy. However, increased property values and new development will reduce the impact of that increase on individual tax bills.
Minnesota is among a group of states that have not conformed their codes to a federal law exempting student loan debt forgiveness from taxes. Changing that has bipartisan backing, but any action will likely have to wait until January when lawmakers return to the capitol in St. Paul for the regular session.
From the editorial: "Lawmakers had the opportunity this session to extend the program or, better yet, to make it permanent. It has more than proven its worth. ... Instead, lawmakers did nothing."
From the editorial: "Our visitors come by car (and in vans, campers, and trucks), and we can’t afford for them not to come. So if knocking 47 cents per gallon off the price of gas ensures they still do this summer, we have to scream out our support."

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The Renville County Board of Commissioners expressed support for the optional tax to meet road needs.
The Renville County Board of Commissioners opened discussions on a local option sales tax to raise funds for transportation needs. The west central Minnesota county has bonded to increase road funding, but it is not keeping up with needs.
A DFL-backed tax proposal would provide day care write-offs, property tax cuts, and student loan credits, though it is a substantially smaller cut than a proposal approved by the Republican-controlled Senate in early April. But its sponsor said it seeks to provide relief to those who need it the most.

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