ESTABLISHING THE CITY'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE 2004 SESSION
OF THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE; COMPLEMENTING RESOLUTION 03-0889.
city administration and council wish to establish a clear set of priorities
for legislative action during the 2004 legislative session; and
have been several meetings devoted to discussing city legislative concerns
and priorities and a former Resolution 03-0889 addressing the issue; and
administration and council choose to express support for a number of projects
which will benefit the community while indicating whether the city will
assume a lead role or a supporting role or will simply express its support
for a funding request.
BE IT RESOLVED, that the legislative objectives of the city of Duluth
for the year 2004 include the following:
the modification of the 1995 Minnesota state legislation that provides
"relative homestead" property tax status for homes purchased by parents
to house their college children and other students. This tax break, currently
claimed by up to 800 households in Duluth, has been an incentive for conversion
of single-family homes to rental occupancy. A helpful language change
would be to restrict this tax break to "vacation homes" such as cabins.
or expand current levels of government funding for affordable housing
production, rehabilitation, and preservation currently available through
the Minnesota housing finance agency.
the state's bonding resources for development of affordable housing, including
the state's general obligation bonds.
Governor Pawlenty's proposed $20 million in state bonding for the construction
and rehabilitation of supportive housing.
a modification of the 2003 4-d property tax law changes, which adversely
affects affordable housing providers by requiring that all properties
be valued at the highest possible property value. This law is a great
disincentive for those seeking to ameliorate our affordable housing crises
because of the severe tax increases.
that city staff and elected officials will take the lead role in advancing
these initiatives during the 2004 legislative session.
that the administration and council express support for the following
council supports legislation on ATV law enforcement and trail restoration
- a bill co-sponsored by Representative Jaros.
council opposes the so-called taxpayers bill of rights legislation.
council supports full funding of the local government aid program.
OF PURPOSE: This resolution sets forth more of the city's legislative
priorities for the 2004 session of the Minnesota legislature.