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St. Michael City Council Approves Slight Increase in Levy

House Representative David FitzSimmons also told the council he is ready to advocate for the I-94 expansion project.

 

The St. Michael City Council last week unanimously approved a 2.99 percent increase in the property tax levy as part of its 2013 budget at its regular meeting.

Depending on changes in a property's market value, and the statewide changes in homestead exclusions, homeowners will see either an increase or decrease in their city property taxes that could be more or less than the 2.99 percent levy increase, according to Steve Bot, city administrator, engineer and public works director.

The increase is intended to cover increases to infrastructure, public safety and equipment replacement.

Paying off debt service for Highway 241, the one-way pair, and the Town Center civic building are the primary parts of the infrastructure payments.

"The city had originally planned to fund these projects with revenues from new development," Bot stated. "However, with the recession, there has been minimal new development, so the city has had to make up the difference with general levy."

Also at the meeting, newly-elected Minnesota House Representative for District 30B David FitzSimmons told the council he will be on the transportation committee and will work hard to advance the Interstate 94 expansion project, according to meeting minutes provided by City Clerk Diana Berning. He said he's "ready to go to bat for St. Michael."

Newly elected Wright County Commissioners Mike Potter and Mark Daleiden will represent St. Michael and introduced themselves at the meeting.

Both said they understand the importance of the I-94 project and will work to have the county more involved with the expansion project.

Daleiden told the council he aims to see things grow and change, and keep taxes low.

Potter said he will try to get on the transportation and economic committees.

Rick December 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Curious. Why use the word "slight." I know it's semantics, but boiling it down, this city council has added a tax increase to it's citizens pocketbooks, slight or not.
Al Anderson December 28, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I agree with Rick -- by using the word "slight" you are editorializing within the headline. It would be more accurate to say "St Michael City council approves increase in levy". You, the writer of this article, do not get to choose an individuals' interpretation of that word.
JT December 29, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Some people will find anything to complain about. So predictable coming from these two loudmouths.
JoJo January 13, 2013 at 07:04 AM
I also am not happy about my taxes being raised, and given how thin the margins are with our budget (like most people) these days, 3% really does matter to our budget. Our city council did nearly nothing to try to trim the city budget...found that out after looking at the budget and salaries. I'm a bit alarmed by it.
JoJo January 13, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Guess I'm saying I disagree with the statement being made in the title of the article, too. More accurate would have been "St Michael City Council Approves Nearly 3% Increase." JT, a personal attack? Wonder if you received an email telling you to be nice?

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