As the owner of a tax preparation service, I have seen first hand how our tax system has not kept up with our needs.

There has been a lot of discussion about property taxes increasing too much. The reasons for this are many, but the biggest one is that the State is pushing the tax burden down to the local level. This is causing cities like Ramsey to make some hard decisions and to have to do three of the following: cut costs, re-prioritize funding, and raise property taxes. There is no perfect answer, but we can't keep raising property taxes indefinitely and we have gotten to a point where cutting costs will affect important services. We need to work together to find a balanced approach that includes feedback from the community as well as leadership from the city council to make the right decisions.

I welcome your feedback and thoughts about what you think will work best as we work together on this tough issue.