Misinformation led some to dark Lakeville City Hall

Citizens can discuss taxes at Dec. 17 meeting

A handful of Lakeville residents were confused when they showed up to an advertised Dec. 4 truth-in-taxation hearing at Lakeville City Hall and found the building dark and locked.

“I thought I was confused,” said Ann Proudfoot, a 25-year Lakeville resident and local business owner. “But then I looked at my proposed tax statement … and it says locations and dates, Lakeville City Hall December 4 at 7 p.m.”

The city’s truth-in-taxation meeting was actually held Dec. 3, and nobody addressed the council regarding their taxes at the hearing.

Lakeville City Administrator Steve Mielke said the city erred and provided the wrong date to Dakota County.

“This was an unfortunate mistake on our part to which we apologize,” Mielke stated in an email.

He added that the budget was not voted on at the Dec. 3 hearing, so taxpayers will still have an opportunity to provide comments or questions prior to council action taken on the budget at the Dec. 17 meeting, also at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Mielke said residents can also email City Council members through the city’s website www.ci.lakeville.mn.us, or send letters to City Hall at 20195 Holyoke Avenue.

Proudfoot said there were about three other cars in the parking lot with citizens who had relied on their property tax statement for meeting information.

She said she plans to attend the Dec. 17 meeting to address the council about her rising business taxes and her home value that she said dropped by $100,000.

“This is a big deal,” she said. “Taxes are absolutely nuts.”