tax levy

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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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.

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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.

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