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Pioneer Editorial: Lifting levy limits gives local options

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The Minnesota Legislature, realizing how strapped local governments are under its current budget policy, took the first steps Tuesday to level the playing field.

At the close of the 2008 legislative session, Gov. Tim Pawlenty hung fast to imposing a property tax increase levy limit in order to agree to a tax bill that would end the session. The levy limit was imposed for three years, at an effective rate of 3.9 percent a year which was estimated as a cost of living allowance.

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