Meadowlands City and Township Consider a Merger

By KBJR News 1

April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

Meadowlands, MN (NNCNOW.com) -The Township and the City of Meadowlands are exploring a possible merger.

Merging the city and township lower property taxes for residents and business owners.

The tax rate in 2012 was at 102%.

A merger would help bring that rate down and make Meadowlands more attractive for people to live there.

Currently the Meadowlands Township houses just over 300 people while the City has about 100 people.

The small populations are contributing to high property taxes for both.

Tonight's meeting was a chance for both the city and the township to learn more about the procedure to make the merger possible.

Business owners say they would like to see Meadowlands grow.

"I'm open to step outside the box and look for some new ideas to lower those taxes to bring businesses into this town," said owner of Hummingbird Assisted Living, Mike Lindgren.

"If the tax rate was less I think we could encourage other businesses to show up and make this their home," said Paul Muller;l owner and operator of One At A Time, LLC in Meadowlands.

Some experts on the possible merger were present at the meeting such as the City's Attorney, and people from the state and St. Louis County to answer questions.

More public meetings will take place before any decision is made.

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