The City of Rogers would like to thank State Representative/Majority Leader Joyce Peppin for her strong support of the City's efforts to seek relief from the tax/revenue impacts of the State Fiscal Disparities Program. Specifically, Representative Peppin has again advanced a bill that, if passed into law, would cap tax capacity contributions to the Fiscal Disparities for cities like Rogers which are not part of the Metropolitan Council regional wastewater system.
The Metropolitan Area Fiscal Disparities Program is a mandatory program enacted by the State Legislature in an attempt to address fiscal concerns within the seven‐county Metro area and to equalize tax base by requiring that all communities in the area contribute 40 percent of the growth in their commercial/industrial tax base after 1971 to a regional pool. The tax base is then redistributed to cities based upon a State formula. Rogers is annually one of the largest, if not the largest net contributors/net losers to the program in terms of percentage of tax base lost. Rogers loses between 15-20% of its tax base to the program on an annual basis, resulting in a commensurate loss of more than $1 million dollars in annual revenue/tax relief. Notably, Rogers is the only city within the top 20 net contributors to the program that is not part of the regional wastewater system, and is the only city with its own wastewater treatment plant which is a significant net contributor/net loser to the program.