BY PRESIDENT STOVER:
The Duluth City Council finds as follows:
(a) The Minnesota Legislature, in its 2007 regular session, passed the 2007 Omnibus Tax Bill (House File No. 2268); and
(b) The Omnibus Tax Bill provided for important public finance actions, including:
- homestead property tax refunds
- increases in local government aid, which would recover much of Duluth's past losses in LGA
- veterans’ benefits
- higher education tuition deductions
- incentives for farm and business expansion; and
(c) The regular legislative session of the 2007 Legislature has now ended; and
(d) The Omnibus Tax Bill was vetoed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on May 30, 2007, and the governor has indicated support for tax levy limits which constrict the ability of municipalities to generate revenue needed for municipal services; and
(e) Enactment of the Omnibus Tax Bill would be a great benefit for the taxpayers of Minnesota, especially property taxpayers; and
(f) A special legislative session, if convened, would permit further discussion and possible enactment of the Omnibus Tax Bill.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the city council of the city of Duluth, Minnesota, that this council requests that the governor of the state of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, convene, without delay, a special legislative session to enact the 2007 Omnibus Tax Bill and the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center bonding project.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution requests a special legislative session to take up the vetoed tax bill so that Duluth and other cities will not experience the financial hardship caused by waiting for the next legislative session in order to get a tax bill passed.