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.
Ramsey’s tax levies will be higher in 2014, but its ability to receive new commercial tax revenue from a decertified tax increment financing district will help keep the tax burden down for property owners.
The East Bethel City Council Dec. 4 voted 4-1 to approve the final 2014 budget and then voted unanimously to approve the 2014 tax levy. At a total of $5,126,950, the levy will be 15.1 percent higher than the 2013 levy because the city must start making payments on its bonds for the water and sewer project next year.
Ramsey’s tax levy could be increasing in 2014 because of a higher debt service payment for the municipal center project, but the general fund budget is decreasing and the Ramsey City Council can continue to look at ways to decrease the levy by the time it votes on final numbers in December.