473.446 TRANSIT TAX LEVIES.
Subdivision 1. Metropolitan area transit tax.
(a) For the purposes of sections
and the metropolitan transit system, except as otherwise provided in this subdivision,
the council shall levy each year upon all taxable property within the metropolitan area, defined
473.121, subdivision 2
, a transit tax consisting of:
(1) an amount necessary to provide full and timely payment of certificates of indebtedness,
bonds, including refunding bonds or other obligations issued or to be issued under section
by the council for purposes of acquisition and betterment of property and other improvements of a
capital nature and to which the council has specifically pledged tax levies under this clause; and
(2) an additional amount necessary to provide full and timely payment of certificates of
indebtedness issued by the council, after consultation with the commissioner of finance, if
revenues to the metropolitan area transit fund in the fiscal year in which the indebtedness is issued
increase over those revenues in the previous fiscal year by a percentage less than the percentage
increase for the same period in the revised Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers for the
St. Paul-Minneapolis metropolitan area prepared by the United States Department of Labor.
(b) Indebtedness to which property taxes have been pledged under paragraph (a), clause (2),
that is incurred in any fiscal year may not exceed the amount necessary to make up the difference
between (1) the amount that the council received or expects to receive in that fiscal year from
the metropolitan area transit fund and (2) the amount the council received from that fund in the
previous fiscal year multiplied by the percentage increase for the same period in the revised
Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers for the St. Paul-Minneapolis metropolitan area
prepared by the United States Department of Labor.
Subd. 1a.[Repealed, 1Sp2001 c 5 art 3 s 96
Subd. 1b.[Repealed, 1Sp2001 c 5 art 3 s 96
Subd. 2. Transit taxing district.
The metropolitan transit taxing district is hereby designated
as that portion of the metropolitan transit area lying within the following named cities, towns, or
unorganized territory within the counties indicated:
(a) Anoka County. Anoka, Blaine, Centerville, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley,
Circle Pines, Hilltop, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Spring Lake Park;
(b) Carver County. Chanhassen, the city of Chaska;
(c) Dakota County. Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale,
Mendota, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul;
(d) Ramsey County. All of the territory within Ramsey County;
(e) Hennepin County. Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin,
Chanhassen, Crystal, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood,
Hopkins, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetonka
Beach, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Anthony, St.
Louis Park, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, Woodland, the unorganized territory
of Hennepin County;
(f) Scott County. Prior Lake, Savage, Shakopee;
(g) Washington County. Baytown, the city of Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Bayport,
Birchwood, Cottage Grove, Dellwood, Lake Elmo, Landfall, Mahtomedi, Newport, Oakdale, Oak
Park Heights, Pine Springs, St. Paul Park, Willernie, Woodbury.
The Metropolitan Council in its sole discretion may provide transit service by contract
beyond the boundaries of the metropolitan transit taxing district or to cities and towns within the
taxing district which are receiving financial assistance under section
, upon petition
therefor by an interested city, township or political subdivision within the metropolitan transit
area. The Metropolitan Council may establish such terms and conditions as it deems necessary
and advisable for providing the transit service, including such combination of fares and direct
payments by the petitioner as will compensate the council for the full capital and operating cost of
the service and the related administrative activities of the council. The amount of the levy made
by any municipality to pay for the service shall be disregarded when calculation of levies subject
to limitations is made, provided that cities and towns receiving financial assistance under section
shall not make a special levy under this subdivision without having first exhausted the
available local transit funds as defined in section
. The council shall not be obligated to
extend service beyond the boundaries of the taxing district, or to cities and towns within the taxing
district which are receiving financial assistance under section
, under any law or contract
unless or until payment therefor is received.
Subd. 2a. Rights of debt holders.
The provisions of subdivisions 1 and 2 or any other law
changing the boundaries of the metropolitan transit taxing district or reducing the levy otherwise
required to be levied within the district shall not be deemed to impair the rights of holders of
outstanding indebtedness to require the levy of property taxes, if necessary to provide for any
deficiency in accordance with the conditions of such indebtedness, on all property within the
limits of the metropolitan transit taxing district as such limits were in effect at the date of issuance
of such indebtedness.
Subd. 3. Certification and collection.
Each county treasurer shall collect and make
settlement of the taxes levied under subdivisions 1 and 1a with the treasurer of the council. The
levy of transit taxes pursuant to this section shall not affect the amount or rate of taxes which may
be levied by any county or municipality or by the council for other purposes authorized by law
and shall be in addition to any other property tax authorized by law.
Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1977 c 454 s 49
Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1977 c 454 s 49
Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1Sp1985 c 10 s 123
Subd. 7. Rights of holders of debt; after 1983 levy.
Beginning for taxes levied in 1984,
payable in 1985, and for each succeeding year, as part of its levy made pursuant to subdivisions
1 and 6, the council shall levy the amounts necessary to provide full and timely payment of
certificates of indebtedness, bonds, and other obligations of the former Metropolitan Transit
Commission, until all debt of the commission is fully discharged and transfer the proceeds to the
appropriate council account for payment of its obligations. The taxes must be levied, certified,
and collected in accordance with the terms and conditions of the indebtedness. Nothing in
Laws 1984, chapter 654 may impair the rights of holders of valid obligations of the former
Metropolitan Transit Commission to require a levy of property taxes. The council shall take
the actions necessary to comply with the terms and conditions of the obligations, including if
necessary the levy of property taxes to provide for a deficiency.
Subd. 8. State review.
The commissioner of revenue shall certify the council's levy
limitation under this section to the council by August 1 of the levy year. The council must certify
its proposed property tax levy under this section to the commissioner of revenue by September 1
of the levy year. The commissioner of revenue shall annually determine whether the property
tax for transit purposes certified by the council for levy following the adoption of its proposed
budget is within the levy limitation imposed by subdivisions 1 and 1b. The commissioner shall
also annually determine whether the transit tax imposed on all taxable property within the
metropolitan transit area but outside of the metropolitan transit taxing district is within the levy
limitation imposed by subdivision 1a. The determination must be completed prior to September
10 of each year. If current information regarding market valuation in any county is not transmitted
to the commissioner in a timely manner, the commissioner may estimate the current market
valuation within that county for purposes of making the calculations.
History: 1975 c 13 s 71; 1975 c 203 s 4-8; 1976 c 166 s 7; 1977 c 454 s 44; 1979 c 46 s 2;
1980 c 607 art 13 s 1; 1980 c 614 s 190; 1981 c 363 s 54; 3Sp1981 c 2 art 1 s 71; 1983 c 17 s 13;
1983 c 293 s 106; 1984 c 502 art 3 s 25; 1984 c 654 art 3 s 135-137; 1984 c 655 art 2 s 11 subd
1; 1985 c 248 s 61; 1Sp1985 c 10 s 112-115; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 268 art 6 s 49; 1987 c 278 s 19;
1987 c 384 art 2 s 1; 1988 c 675 s 18-20; 1988 c 719 art 5 s 47; 1989 c 277 art 4 s 73; 1Sp1989 c
1 art 9 s 68; 1992 c 511 art 4 s 25; 1993 c 375 art 7 s 19; 1994 c 416 art 1 s 54; 1994 c 628 art 3 s
135-140; 1995 c 186 s 119; 1995 c 236 s 15; 1995 c 264 art 16 s 19; 1996 c 305 art 1 s 103; 1996
c 455 art 5 s 5-7; 1997 c 159 art 2 s 50; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 3 s 72