Home values slowly rebounding; commercial property values stay low
With the soon-approaching beginning of the new year, local city councils have been busy approving their 2015 budgets and tax levies before a Dec. 30 deadline.
Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville have each adopted a budget for next year, ranging from just over $1 million in Lauderdale to $52 million in Roseville.
The recovery of the housing market means the average homeowner will see an increase in property taxes whether a city increased its levy or not, due to increased home values.
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.
The Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions Club and Roseville Area High School boys hockey team worked on unloading and setting up a truckload of fresh evergreens at Falcon Heights Community Park Nov. 22. For the 30th year in a row, the Lions Club will be selling Christmas trees on the corner of Fairview and Roselawn avenues starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.
Two Lauderdale city council members are up for re-election this year. Seats held by Mary Gaasch and Roxanne Grove are set to expire at the end of the year. The incumbents are being challenged by newcomer Jeremy Carr.
Area homes see increases in property value
Each of the four cities in the Review's coverage area -- Roseville, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale and Little Canada -- recently certified a preliminary tax levy for next year.
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.
Laura Wilberts finds time for service in busy schedule
High school seniors have a lot on their plate this time of year: extracurriculars, homework and college applications, to name a few. Add volunteering and leading an entire school, and you've got Roseville Area High School senior Laura Wilberts, 17, of Lauderdale.
Wilberts, RAHS student council president and a captain of the cross country team, was recently awarded an Outstanding Youth award from the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership program for completing more than 100 hours of volunteer service in a six-month period.