The Pioneer Press Agrees: Time for Fresh Look at Truth in Taxation

February 9, 2017

As reported in a previous blog post, a new study released by Citizens League and commissioned by NAIOP Minnesota reveals the need for reform in the current local government budgeting system, particularly Truth in Taxation. Shortly after it was released in late January, NAIOP and Citizens League Executive Director Sean Kershaw met with Pioneer Press editors to provide context and insight regarding the study. On February 8, the Pioneer Press published an editorial spotlighting the study, its results and how the current Truth in Taxation system could be improved.

The Citizen League report was commissioned in 2015 as part of NAIOP Minnesota’s efforts to improve transparency in the local government budgeting process. Previously, we had worked with the city of Edina to help its taxpayers better understand how this metro municipality spent its money. The study provided us with the opportunity to show local leaders how they may take the next logical step in improving the overall budgeting process.

You can access the Citizens League study results and learn more about how Minnesota can make the Truth in Taxation process more accessible and transparent for its citizens. As always, if you have any questions, please email NAIOP Minnesota.