The City Council approved a preliminary tax levy of 5.99% at the Tuesday, September 21 meeting.
Under state law, every city must set the maximum tax levy amount by the end of September. Once this cap is set, there is no exceeding it. Once the maximum tax levy is set, City staff will continue to refine the 2022 budget before the budget is finalized in mid-December.
Approval of the 5.99% levy does not mean property taxes will automatically increase that much, but rather it provides City leaders with a maximum cap as they work to prioritize spending.
The proposed 5.99% increase comes after the Council approved a 0% levy increase for 2021 due to concerns about the Covid pandemic’s impact on our residents. A large portion of the proposed budget increase is being directed to public safety. In addition, the 2022 budget allows the City to bond for street and water main improvements to repair our aging infrastructure.
At the meeting, the Council also approved the final levy amounts for the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). Councilmember Thorsen cast the only “nay” vote on all levy resolutions stating he had concerns about some of the City’s budgeted expenditures for equipment and the Community Center. He also believes the EDA and HRA do not need additional funding at this time.
The City Council will hold a Truth in Taxation hearing on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers where residents will have an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed budget. The City Council plans to adopt the final 2022 budget at its December 21 meeting.