SimLevy: A property tax levy simulator designed to help illustrate key ideas about property taxes
These questions and Christa’s responses are drawn from endorsement questionnaires. If you have a question for Christa that isn’t addressed here, send us an email!
Q&A 1: The BET and what it does
- What is the role of the BET?
- Who are the members of the BET?
- Can you explain how a property tax works?
- Can you explain what a municipal bond is?
Q&A 2: Public safety and policing
- What do you believe is the most pressing capital issue facing the city?
- Transformational change (reform) in the Police Department will cost money. How would you see paying for this?
- What issues outside of taxation and debt are you involved in?
- How can you use your position on this financial board to influence the overall governance of the city?
- What is the relationship between taxes and affordable housing?
- Do you support the Neighborhood Parks 20 year plan?
Q&A 5: General tax questions
- The city is planning to increase property taxes 35% over the next 5 years.* What is your opinion of this plan?
- Do you feel Minneapolis taxes are too low, just right, or too high?
- Should the maximum property tax levy be the same as the Mayor’s proposed levy? Or should it be more?
- Who is harmed the most from high taxes?
- In general terms, what is your plan to address the crisis of unaffordable housing across Minnesota’s major cities?
- The city has the ability to pass a public housing levy. Would you vote to use that levy to the maximum extent?
- In 75-100 words, please outline your vision for LGBTQ equity and justice.
- Speak to the intersections of the LGBTQ+ community and one of these issues. How are these connected? How will you include the perspectives of our community when considering this issue? 1. Gun violence 2. Climate change 3. Equitable development and gentrification 4. Planning, zoning, public space, and transit 5. Accessibility, accommodations, and disability inclusion
- LGBTQ+ people on average earn less than cisgender heterosexual persons, and have tended to migrate to cities like Minneapolis specifically for a safer and more inclusive community. How will you use your role on the Board of Estimate and Taxation to ensure Minneapolis can be an affordable home for LGBTQ+ people?