Blaine City Council

After reducing its tax levy by $1,187,270 from 2009 to 2013, the majority of the Blaine City Council Dec. 19 voted to increase the levy by $727,610, but the city’s increased tax base will actually lower the tax rate and help keep taxes down.

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With Anoka County purchasing almost every home on Blaine’s side of University Avenue between 109th and 111th avenues, the city of Blaine is contemplating redevelopment options that could coincide with a reconstructed county road.

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For the past three years, the city of Blaine has been emphasizing overlay projects for its pavement management program, but it will soon shift its focus to more expensive reconstruction for streets too far deteriorated for overlays to be effective.

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Neighbors of Aurelia Park in Blaine have been asking the city for upgrades to the park for about three years, according to one of the councilmembers who represents this area, and a project is now imminent.

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