Here’s an interesting perspective from Connie Becker on how people can both complain about the City of Minneapolis’ taxes while living in neighboring suburbs. It’s quite the deal: benefits without the cost.
Over 100,000 people work in our city, using our police and fire and roads, yet don’t pay for this. We house the majority of the region’s poor, as suburbs refuse to build low income housing. I pay for the Target Center, baseball stadium and Convention Center where most of the state pays nothing. I pay for regional parks and pay again for state parks. I pay for new suburban infrastructure through my sewer, electric and telephone charges.
Carrying these burdens used to not bother me because the state was a financial partner with the City through Local Government Aid. But now, LGA is evaporating. Minneapolis residents are paying more and more of the cost of these state-wide benefits. At the same time, suburbanites chortle about how high our taxes are and how costly our government is. The real question is not about governance. The real question is how much more burden the state will push off onto Minneapolis residents. Because there is only so much we can carry for our state.
It’s great that suburbanites enjoy Minneapolis. Yet, it would be nice if we could work together to reduce the number of car lanes we need to get people in/out of the city, create less emissions that residents along major traffic corridors have to breath, and build something more interesting than parking ramps and surface lots and downtown.