The City budget is the financial plan for the City’s operating divisions for the coming year. The budget process involves matching projected revenues with the projected cost of providing basic City services. Services which are unable to be funded with other sources rely on the property tax levy for funding. Preparation of a City budget is mandated by state statute.
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The City Council approved the preliminary levy and budget at their September 6, 2016 meeting. You can review the documents presented to the council at that meeting:
Each year in November, homeowners receive a notice in the mail that outlines their proposed property tax for the coming year. The notice also lists dates for the budget hearings of the various taxing jurisdictions (county, city and other taxing district) so property owners can participate in the process and have their questions answered.
The 2016 Truth in Taxation meeting for taxes payable in 2017 was held on December 5, 2016. Questions regarding the tax levy and budget can be sent to City Administrator, Melanie Mesko Lee.
The League of Minnesota Cities has prepared some educational resources to explain the various factors that impact taxes for property owners:
The following video, Special Delivery: City Services and Your Property Taxes is approximately seven minutes in length and provides background on the property tax process in an easy to understand, storytelling format.