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State auditor: There’s no ‘rule of thumb’

November 17, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

The following is in response to a letter to the editor dated Nov. 14, entitled, "Issues that were never addressed." The letter asserts that the Office of the State Auditor "has developed a 'rule of thumb' for determining whether a municipality is being fair to its constituency in determining how much property tax should be levied, for example."

The Office of the State Auditor does not hold a position on how much a city should levy to provide services to its residents. It would not be appropriate for the Office to take such a position. The City Council is elected by the residents. It is the City Council's job to establish the city budget and set the levy. The residents can then weigh in on the levy at the Truth in Taxation hearing, or through other contact with the City Council.

Rebecca Otto

State Auditor



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