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140. <br />ROLLCAI Answering rc <br />Richards. <br />\ MINUTES <br />OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE <br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HBLt <br />DECEMBER 4, 1989 <br />lcall were Members Kelly, Paulus, Rice, ,aith ani Mayor <br />CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS ADOPTED <br />Member Smith to approve and adopt the consent agenda items as presented with the <br />exception of the removal of items V1.A (Collection of Garbagefiefuse-City <br />Properties) and VI.B (Scoreboards-Van Valkenburg Park). <br />Motion was made by Member Kelly and vas seconded by <br />Rollcall : <br />Ayes: Kelly, Paulus, Rice, Smith, Richards <br />Motion carried. <br />PUBLIC HEARING CONDUCTED ON PROPERTP TAX INCREBSE/1990 BUDGET: HEARRJG CONTINUED <br />TO 12/18/89 <br />the proposed property tax increase and the 1990 Budget for the City of Edina as <br />mandated by truth in taxation legislation. <br />preliminary 1990 Budget if adopted would indicate an increase of 4.7% in spending <br />by local government. <br />control of the City Council and are mandated programs or actions taken by other <br />governmental bqdies. <br />proposed property tax increase and the 1990 Budget. <br />Senator Don Storm, District 42, said that he was present to hear any public <br />comment. <br />is not focused on what the Council does but is focused on what happened in the <br />legislature. <br />to what is coming in the next two years. <br />that as they respond to what the Council needs to do to adjust to what was done by <br />the legislature. <br />Pursuant to published notice given, a public hearing was conducted on <br />Mayor Richards stated that the <br />The overall budget is higher because of factors beyond the <br />Mayor Richards then called for public comment on the <br />He commented that to the Council and the citizens of Edina the problem <br />He said that what transpired there was a travesty and was a prelude <br />He hoped the citizens could understand <br />Don Hykes, 5840 Long Brake Trail, commented that he moved to Edina four years from <br />the east coast because of Edina's reputation for controlling the level of spending <br />and for the schools. .His plea is for the citizens and the Council to take an <br />active posture with the state government. <br />transfer of funds from one pocket to the other, that it did not make sense, and is <br />only putting the blame on the other guy. Taxes in the State of Minnesota, which <br />relates to spending, is totally out of control. On per $1,000 income basis we are <br />the highest taxed state in the country and he questioned how many people could <br />afford to stay here. <br />the state it is no wonder why 3M and expansion of every major company is moving <br />out of the state. <br />increase over 1989 and there was no one present to speak out although the tax <br />burden is constantly being talked about. <br />proposed property tax levy increase of 11% was an average or that because he was <br />fortunate to have a higher priced home his taxes would increase by 20% because of <br />the crazy system. <br />mandates, but an issue of total taxes in the State of Minnesota. He concluded by <br />remarking that, in his opinion, Edina was not much better than any place else in <br />the twin cities. <br />He said he did not understand the <br />He said with the property tax, income tax and sales tax in <br />He said what bothered him was that here is a proposed 11.1% tax <br />Mr. Hykes questioned whether the <br />It is not an issue of one hand washing the other or state <br />I <br />Ken Moe, 6401 Mildred Avenue, said he felt the same as the previous speaker and <br />that an 11% increase in property taxes when inflation is 4% is not realistic. He <br />commented that a lot of companies are not giving raises this year or next year to <br />their employees. <br />Mr. Hykes asked what the City government is trying to do in terms of lobbying to <br />get controls back to the local level. <br />state capitol and his plea was for help in this from local government. <br />He said this is a time for change at the