Prior Lake Council not keen on SMDC proposal for more land 06 Jan 12

Photo credit: Scott County Land Records

Despite a good relationship with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community, the Prior Lake City Council this week decided to not comment on an SMDC proposal for more trust land.

The request would place 23 acres of land along County Road 42 into trust status, meaning the tribe would gain planning control over the property and the land would be taken off property tax rolls. But some city officials worry about losing valuable land, and estimate the potential annual taxes could be as high as $63,000 if the property is developed.

Mayor Mike Myser said he hopes the city and tribe can continue to collaborate; the SMDC gives the City of Prior Lake almost $400,000 dollars a year in “Local Aid.”