Peppin: Rogers pays most in fiscal disparities

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

Contributing Writer

 

The Rogers City Council heard an update from Rep. Joyce Peppin.

Peppin, a Rogers resident who represents Rogers, Dayton, and part of Maple Grove, told the Council that she is trying to find a way to eliminate or at least amend fiscal disparities. The 40-year-old program forces metro-area cities to share some of their property tax earnings, specifically those associated with growth in commercial and industrial tax base.

“Bloomington and other communities get the attention because the dollar amount they pay is bigger. But the impact is bigger here. Rogers pays the most in fiscal disparities, per capita, of any other city,” Peppin said to a knowing Council, who have felt for years that their city is being unfairly penalized for their success.

The Council was cautiously optimistic about the news, knowing how difficult it would be to get a bill on the matter introduced, let alone passed.

Mayor Jay Bunting wished Peppin luck in her endeavor, reminding her, “As you know, this costs us over $1 million a year. In a small community like ours, $1 million is a huge cost.”

 

In other matters, the council:

EXPECTS to reach an agreement soon with Clam Outdoors about a planned 150,000 square foot facility in Rogers. The company, which manufactures ice fishing, hunting, and other outdoor supplies, is looking to relocate from Medina to a lot on Rogers Drive, just east of Cabela’s. The Council is expected to approve the project at their next meeting.

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