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Annual report shows increases of 2 to 5 percent Jane Lightbourn RiverTown Multimedia Dakota County property owners are receiving their annual valuation and property tax notices this month. The valuation report, prepared by the Dakota County Assessing Services, indicates that the taxable market values in Dakota County increased approximately 4.3 percent to $441.31 billion in Dakota County. The report also notes that residential property values have increased, on average, by 2 to 5 percent.
After several years of decreasing numbers of adult felony charges in Dakota County, there was a change in 2015 — a big one. A recently-released report from the Dakota County...
The number of homes lost to foreclosure in Minnesota is at its lowest level since 2005, according to a recently-released report from the Minnesota Homeownership Center. There is also good news for Dakota County. The report, titled identified 7,212 foreclosures in Minnesota in 2015, a drop of more than 13 percent from 2014. There were 555 foreclosures in Dakota County last year, an 18 percent decrease from the 680 foreclosures in 2014. The report analyzes sheriff’s sale data, the primary means of identifying foreclosures, from all Minnesota counties.
Dakota County recognized 93 employees this week for their years of service to the county. Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, and 45 years of service were honored at the regular Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting. Those honored were: 40 years: Scott Daggett, Terry Peterson, Nadine Platson and Mary Lou Streff. 35 years: Ronald Fasen, Deborah McMenomy, Kathleen Odonnell and Dina Otto.
Brandt Richardson, Dakota County manager/administrator since 1992, announced last week that he will retire in May. Richardson’s retirement will bring to a close a career of nearly 40 years in public service. Richardson is responsible for managing the county’s operations, a workforce of nearly 2,000 employees, carrying out all decisions, policies, ordinances and resolutions of the board of commissioners, preparing the recommended annual budget and long-range planning.
Dakota County taxpayers probably will see a slight increase in the county portion of their 2016 property taxes following action last week by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the county board approved a 2016 budget of $400,982,893 and property tax levy (what the taxpayers will pay) of $130,196,625. The approved levy reflects an increase of .41 percent from the 2015 approved levy.
The security systems at the Dakota County Law Enforcement Center and the Juvenile Services Center have served the county well. But it is time for upgrades and additions to ensure...
He went to work as a dispatcher, then worked patrol, eventually becoming an investigator. He was elected sheriff in Dakota County in 1975. Rod Boyd held the position for 20 years before retiring. Boyd died Oct. 5, 2015 in Jordan, surrounded by his family. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hope Lutheran Church, Jordan. Honors were provided by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association. Boyd was born Jan. 13, 1930, in Farmington, the son of Donald and Olive Boyd.
Minnesota sheriffs reported to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that 43,315 permits were applied for to carry handguns in the state in 2014. That was down nearly one-third from the number issued in 2013. Dakota County ranked third among the top five counties issuing permits in 2014, with 2,691. That number is a drop from the 4,125 permits issued for 2013. Hennepin County led the way with 5,279, followed by Anoka County with 2,951.
Dakota County taxpayers will likely see a slight increase in the county portion of their property taxes for 2015 as a result of action taken this week by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners . At its regular meeting Tuesday, the county board voted unanimously to approve a 2015 levy of $129,661,717.