Cities gear up to approve final budgets

The cities in the Review's coverage area -- Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville -- will soon vote to approve their final budgets for 2015. The public will have the opportunity to offer input on the budgets before they're approved by the various city councils.

Falcon Heights will keep the property tax levy flat for next year, having approved a preliminary budget of $1,083,850 in September. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for the council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Lauderdale will hold a public hearing and vote on the levy at its regularly-scheduled council meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. In September, Lauderdale officials set a preliminary budget of $624,357, with the tax levy staying flat. 

Little Canada preliminarily approved a tax levy increase of just over three percent for 2015, covering a $2.67 million general fund budget as well as a $157,200 infrastructure fund and $127,295 fire equipment fund. The city council, which hopes to lower the levy amount to three percent, will hold a public hearing and vote on the budget at a Monday, Dec. 15, council meeting at 7:30 p.m. The council's regularly-scheduled Dec. 10 and Dec. 24 meetings have been cancelled.

Roseville will host a public hearing on the property tax levy during its city council meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. with final approval scheduled for the next week's meeting on Monday, Dec. 8. Roseville set its maximum tax levy increase at 3.6 percent, representing a $26,055,340 budget for next year. For more information about the proposed 2015 budget, visit www.cityofroseville.com/2015budget.

For more detailed information about the cities' budgets for next year, visit www.lillienews.com/articles/2014/09/30/cities-approve-preliminary-tax-levies.

--Johanna Holub

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