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Non-profit groups benefit from bill

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Non-profit organizations, county assessors and the state have crafted a compromise that could allow charities to continue being exempt from property taxes.

If the bill heard for the first time Wednesday becomes law, more than 4,000 properties owned by 1,700 non-profit organizations could avoid paying property taxes. Those involved in the bill's draft met 13 times and rewrote the measure two dozen times - and came up with a bill that puts into law what most counties already do.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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