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Myron Frans, commissioner of revenue for the state of Minnesota, presents Beltrami County Board of Commissioners Chair Richard Anderson (left) and Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht with ball-peen hammers to symbolize their "hammering away" at property tax levies for 2014. Frans visited Bemidji on Monday to tout the "tools" the state has given cities and counties to help alleviate or cancel out property tax increases. (Photo by Zach Kayser)

Mayor, legislators sing praises of state aid bump

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BEMIDJI -- Myron Frans, Minnesota’s revenue commissioner, stopped in Bemidji on Monday to showcase the city and Beltrami County as examples of “rebuilding the partnership” between state and local government. Alongside Mayor Rita Albrecht, Frans emphasized how the increase in state money toward Bemidji had helped the city avoid any increase in its property tax levy for 2014.


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