One of the crazier things about the Met Council is that it is free to increase the property tax levy that funds part of the operation, without any elected body being able to stop them. Supporters of the current Met Council governance model like to say that this levy is quite small, and we shouldn't be concerned with this taxation without representation question.
For a moment, let's ignore the un-American principle underlying that viewpoint, and look at the numbers: I'm in the process of updated my 2016 report, The Twin Cities Met Council, A Comparative Assessment, and this is one of great examples of how out of step the Met Council is with the rest of the country. As you can see, the Met Council's "small" property tax levy is in fact bigger than the entire budget of all but a handful of the largest regional authorities in the country.
What rationale supports that as a legitimate form of government Of, By, and For the People?
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