Bulletin area cities approve proposed property tax levies

Bulletin area cities are rolling out their 2015 proposed property tax levies ahead of a Sept. 30 Ramsey County deadline for the approved plans.

The proposed levies below are the maximum property tax increases that can be implemented by the cities. While the amount of the levy cannot be increased once approved, it can be decreased between now and the Dec. 30 final approval deadline.

Residents will have a chance to comment on the proposed tax levies at various council meetings ahead of the December deadline.

New Brighton, Shoreview, St. Anthony and Vadnais Heights have already approved proposed levies.

Mounds View will discuss its proposed property tax levy at its Sept. 22 council meeting, after the Bulletin goes to press.

Arden Hills will discuss its proposed tax levy at its Sept. 29 council meeting, and the topic may come up at a Sept. 22 council work session if time allows.

New Brighton

At its Sept. 9 city council meeting, New Brighton officials approved a 1.92 percent preliminary tax levy increase.

The total property tax levy for 2015 would be $6,925,000, an increase of $130,692 from 2014.

The city council approved the plan 4-1, with council member Gina Bauman as the lone "nay" vote against the proposal. Bauman argued against increasing the levy because she said the median household income in New Brighton continues to fall.

"I think we could have done better," Bauman said. "I think we still can and I'm hopeful we still can."

According to the Ramsey County Assessor, median single family home values in New Brighton for 2015 increased 6.2 percent to $209,200.

The city's estimated 2013 population, according to the most recent information available from the U.S. Census Bureau, was 22,073, an increase from 2010.

Beyond the 2015 proposed property tax levy, New Brighton unanimously approved special levies for the Lake Diane and Bicentennial Pond Storm Sewer Improvement Taxing Districts. The levies fund potential storm sewer projects for next year.

For Lake Diane the levy is $3,750 and for Bicentennial Pond, $2,100.

Final approval and discussion of the levy will take place at a Dec. 2 meeting.

Shoreview

At its Sept. 2 city council meeting, the Shoreview City Council unanimously approved a 3.53 percent levy increase.

The total property tax levy for 2015 would be $10,362,918, an increase of $353,764 from 2014.

According to the Ramsey County Assessor, median single family home values in Shoreview for 2015 increased 10.2 percent to $247,500.

According to a report on the proposed levy presented to the council, a resident who owns a home at that median price should expect to pay $32 more in city property taxes next year.

Shoreview contracts with Ramsey County and the Lake Johanna Fire Department for police and fire service. Excluding those fees, the levy increase would be 1.3 percent.

The city's estimated 2013 population, according to the most recent information available from the Census Bureau, was 25,931, an increase from 2010.

Final approval and discussion of the levy will take place at a Dec. 1 meeting.

St. Anthony

At its Sept. 9 city council meeting, St. Anthony officials unanimously approved a 3.9 percent levy increase.

The total property tax levy for 2015 would be $5,831,737, an increase of $218,000 from 2014.

According to the Ramsey County 2014 Assessor's report, median single family home values in St. Anthony for 2015 increased 11.5 percent to $247,400.

As stated in a report on the proposed levy presented to the council, the levy increase of $218,000 assumes no change in property values.

The city's estimated 2013 population, according to the most recent information available from the Census Bureau, was 8,583, an increase from 2010.

Final approval and discussion of the levy will take place at a Dec. 9 meeting.

Vadnais Heights

At its Sept. 3 meeting, Vadnais Heights city council members unanimously approved a 2.04 percent levy increase.

The total property tax levy for 2015 would be $3,761,782, an increase of $75,319 from 2014.

The driving force behind the increase in the city's general fund, and thus, property tax levy, is an increase in policing costs, according to a staff report. Vadnais Heights does not have a police department of its own and contracts with Ramsey County Sheriff for police service.

According to the Ramsey County Assessor, median single-family home values in Vadnais Heights for 2015 increased 7.4 percent to $224,900.

The city's estimated 2013 population, according to the most recent information available from the Census Bureau, was 12,983, an increase from 2010.

Final approval and discussion of the levy will take place at a Dec. 3 meeting.

Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824. Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.

 

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