Friday, January 4, 2013
With so many challenges on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think are most important.
With another legislative session just around the corner, senators and representatives have no shortage of challenges ahead of them. Lawmakers plan to convene hearings on gun control in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. They’ll review a recommendation from a governor-appointed task force to increase gas taxes and tab fees in response to a projected $50 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The DFL majority and defeat of the marriage amendment in the 2012 election could even prompt the Legislature to take up the issue of gay marriage. And looming over everything is a projected $1.1 billion deficit that legislators will have to close before adjourning for the year. With so many issues on the …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out in Denver, CO.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out tonight in their first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado. Patch live-blogged the debate, which featured the candidates touching on domestic issues like health care, PBS funding, and America's energy sources. You can watch the entire debate on YouTube Politics. Some of the points that resonated with our live-blog panelists were split on who came out on top: Here's a sampling of responses on Twitter:
Friday, January 7, 2011
An Oakdale man allegedly owes $463,000 in taxes.
The U.S. government is trying to foreclose on the home of an Oakdale man due to his alleged failure to pay about $463,000 in federal taxes. The federal government argues that Joseph E. Steinmaus was notified April 8, 2008, that a federal tax lien was filed against his property at 7279 40th St. North in Oakdale, but that he still did not pay his taxes, in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. In Steinmaus’ answer to the complaint, written by attorney Kenneth Keate, he denies that the federal government is entitled to foreclose on the property. He also denies that the amounts of the liens correctly state his liability to the federal government. Keate wrote that there are other means of recovering the tax …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Oakdale's finance director laid out where the city's portion of property tax money from an average home goes.
The median value home in Oakdale—with a market value of about $200,000—would pay $715 of its property tax dollars to the city of Oakdale in 2011, said Oakdale Finance Director Suzanne Warren at the city's Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday night. Based on the budget passed by the Oakdale City Council Tuesday, here's where that money would go: Where 2011 Oakdale Tax Dollars From a $200,000 House Would Go
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Meanwhile, Commissioner Myra Peterson floats the idea of adding two members to the board during discussions of commissioners’ pay.
While Washington County will spend about $33 million more in 2011 than it did in 2010, the amount taxpayers have to kick in will remain the same. The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved its 2011 budget and levy. The budget increase (to $216.6 million total) is covered by nearly $36 million in anticipated bond proceeds and additional intra-governmental funds from the local, state and federal levels, according Melinda Kirk, a county budget analyst. That means taxpayers will pay the same $86.78 million into the budget that they did in 2010. "We're spending the same amount of money in 2011 as 2010," said Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek, "so as far as keeping a lid on property taxes, it's an excellent budget." Only five …