The Minnesota Voters Alliance has taken action in support of Mike Trehus in his legal action against the City of Lino Lakes for alleged violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. The case against Lino Lakes is an important example to citizens, taxpayers, and voters everywhere in Minnesota of what a government can (but should not) do with public dollars. This case is also important because, as the first of its kind involving a municipality, important legal precedents will very likely be set.
In brief: The City of Lino Lakes developed and proposed an amendment to the city charter that would have significantly curtailed the rights and protections that property owners and taxpayers were given under the Charter.
Today, right now, is one of the few opportunities you will ever have to make as strong an impact on taxes and your right to vote in Ramsey County .
The Ramsey County Charter Commission has a meeting scheduled for next Wednesday (August 31) to vote on amending the Ramsey County Charter in order to ensure the people will get to vote on whether they want the sales tax raised for funding a Vikings stadium.
In 2006, the state legislature voted to allow the Hennepin County commissioners to suspend the right of the citizens to vote on whether or not to raise sales taxes to build the Twins Stadium – a tax imposed only on the residents of Hennepin County .
Just to be clear, the vote next Wednesday will be to begin the process that will place the Amendment on the November 2012 ballot, allowing voters to decide the sales tax issue then.
Call the members of the charter commission and tell them to ensure that the right of the citizens of Ramsey County to vote on a tax increase to fund a stadium must be preserved.
Just make the point that the Charter Commission has a duty to let the people vote and by approving the Amendment, he or she will be supporting Ramsey County .
The Charter Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday night, August 31st, 125 Charles Ave , near Rice Street . While it is a closed hearing (in that no public testimony will be heard), the public is welcome to observe, and are encouraged to attend.
The Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) encourages Ramsey County citizens to attend the special meeting of the Ramsey County Charter Commission this Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 7:00 p.m., AMC Building, 125 Charles Ave, St. Paul, MN 55103, in a show of support for amending the Ramsey County Charter.
In the 2008 general election, voters approved an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution adding a 3/8 percent sales tax in Minnesota through 2034. Proponents like to call it the Legacy Amendment but the word "legacy" appears nowhere in the Amendment. The words that do appear in the first sentence of the Amendment are "sales and use tax rate" and that is why we prefer the more accurate and meaningful reference, the Sales Tax Amendment (STA).