This house on the 1300 block of Hazelwood St. in the Greater East Side neighborhood has risen significantly in value, and could be looking at a 26 percent increase in property tax. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Means bigger 2015 tax bill for homeowners
In 2014, East Side homes values went up for the first time since the Great Recession.
According to Ramsey County, values in the four identified neighborhoods that make up the East Side — Sunray-Battle Creek, Greater East Side, Dayton’s Bluff, and Payne-Phalen — all saw average housing values drop beginning in 2008, and they kept dropping up until 2014.
But now those values are starting to recover, and for the first time since the recession, East Side property values are on the upswing.
Judge says Behnke had 'no reason to believe' 2012 incident at St. Paul school was sexual
Charges alleging that two former administrators at a St. Paul school failed to report sexual abuse in 2012 were dismissed on Friday, Dec. 5.
Citing a lack of probable cause, Ramsey County Judge Leonardo Castro dismissed the case against the former principal of Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Beth Behnke, and the former assistant principal, Craig Guidry.
Settlement will ask state to pay for Shoreview, North St. Paul, Vadnais Heights to change water source
A settlement agreement reached between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and groups concerned about water levels in White Bear Lake could have implications for nearby cities, including Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and North St. Paul.
Announced Dec. 1, the settlement between the DNR and two plaintiff groups—the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association—states that all three groups will, per the DNR website, “support efforts to develop a surface water supply to serve area communities.”
City’s levy down slightly, county’s goes up
The Lake Elmo City Council approved the city’s final 2015 budget and property-tax levy at its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting.
Next year’s general fund operating budget of $3,798,334 was set along with a total levy of $3,137,663.
The resolution to adopt the proposed budget and levy passed unanimously. No one spoke during the public hearing prior to the vote.
House Republicans announce new leadership team
Minnesota’s Republican caucus announced its leaders for the 2015 legislative session last week. Among them is state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, who was elected as an assistant House majority leader.
“It’s a real honor and privilege to be elected from your own caucus,” Lohmer said Friday, Dec. 5. “I look back at my time in public service and have learned so much since my freshman term that will help in this leadership role.”
The Lake Elmo City Council unanimously approved preliminary plans for a proposed mixed-use development on 157 acres of land located south of Tenth Street N. and east of Inwood Avenue. (Submitted graphic)
There has been a lot of buzz about the proposed residential and commercial development in Lake Elmo to be known as Inwood.