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GOP lawmakers host property tax meeting in Stewartville

Republican lawmakers are encouraging residents dismayed by property tax increases to turn out for a meeting next week in Stewartville.

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Republican lawmakers are encouraging residents who are dismayed by property tax increases to turn out for a meeting next week in Stewartville.

Rep. Nels Pierson, of Rochester, and Rep. Duane Quam, of Byron, are sponsoring a listening session on property taxes at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Stewartville Civic Center. Also expected to attend is House Property Tax and Local Government Finance Committee Chairman Steve Drazkowski, R- Mazeppa. Other members of the committee have also been invited to the meeting "so they can hear firsthand how farmers, business owners and homeowners are being overwhelmed by rising property taxes," according to a news release.

"A top legislative priority this session is finding ways to bring property tax rates under control," Quam said in a statement. "This is a problem that has been chronic and has continued to escalate. I think it's important to receive direct communication from area residents about their property tax situation."

Both Pierson and Quam are urging people who are upset with their property tax rates to attend the meeting and share their stories. Individuals who want to share their stories are encouraged to pre-register with property tax committee assistant Grant Erickson at 651-296-9710.

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