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County collects second-largest gravel tax amount in 2022

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Almost $187,000 in aggregate taxes was collected from six gravel pit operators in 2022.
The amount, $186,532, is the second-most collected in the past 10 years. The highest, $189,969, from eight operators, was in 2020.
The collected taxes were split four ways.
The county road and bridge fund received $75,312, special reserve fund $26,581, townships $75,312, and administrative fees $9,327.
Six townships split the amount collected from the township fund, based on where the aggregate originated.
Mound Township received the highest amount ($29,303), followed by Denver ($22,069), Battle Plain ($8,582), Clinton ($6,081), Vienna ($4,869), and Luverne ($4,393).
The remaining townships of Beaver Creek, Kanaranzi, Magnolia, Martin, Rose Dell and Springwater each received $500 from the administrative fund to offset the gravel tax expenditures.
The county collects the state-mandated 15 cents per ton of removed material from the county. The increased amount began in 2017.
Northern Con-Agg LLP paid the most tax in 2022 at $68,135. Bremik Materials Inc. ($54,660) was next followed by Henning Construction ($24,112), Buffalo Ridge Concrete ($21,255), W&N Construction ($10,919) and Reker Construction ($7450.)

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