2021 Budget

For several years the Blaine City Council has directed staff to keep the city tax rate stable. For 2021 the city tax rate has been reduced by .149 percent. The tax rate is just one factor in calculating a tax bill and with property values rising many property owners will see their tax bills rise to reflect the new higher value of their property. Home values are determined by the Anoka County Assessor’s Office.

Blaine continues to have the lowest tax rate in Anoka County for a full service city. Additionally, Blaine has the lowest combined city utility rates when compared to surrounding cities and similar sized cities across the metro area.

View 2020 tax rates for Anoka County full service cities.

Budget Creation and Approval Schedule

February 2020 - The 2021 budget process is discussed at with Blaine City Council at council retreat.

Spring 2020 - Department heads and managers submitted 2021 budgets and requests for review. 

May 2020 - A 2021 budget update is presented to Blaine City Council at the spring council retreat.

Spring/Summer - Budget review meetings held with all city departments.

Summer 2020 - The finance department conducts initial review of 2021 budget requests.

Summer 2020 - The city manager reviews budget requests and determines decision packages for city council review.

Summer/Fall 2020 - Staff and the city council review the 2021 capital improvement fund budget.

9/9/2020 - The preliminary general fund budget and tax levy are presented by the finance director at a city council workshop meeting. 

9/21/2020 - Blaine City Council certifies preliminary general fund budget and tax levy for fiscal year 2021.

9/30/2019 - Deadline for certification of 2021 tax levy with Anoka County for Truth in Taxation purposes.

Fall 2020 - The city council reviews all enterprise fund budgets and special revenue fund budgets. These are budgets that are not funded by property taxes. Many of these funds receive revenues from fees for services.

  • Charitable Gambling Fund
  • Communications Fund
  • Facilities Management Fund
  • Sanitation Fund
  • Sewer Utility Fund
  • Storm Drainage Fund
  • Water Utility Fund

October 2020 - The city council reviews and provides feedback on the budget and tax level at the fall city council retreat.

11/10-25/2019 - Truth in Taxation statements will be delivered to property owners. This is the statement of your estimated taxes owed in 2021. Your tax estimate is based on your assessed property value and the tax levies of the City of Blaine, Anoka County,  school districts, and other taxing jurisdictions.

12/8/2020 - The Truth in Taxation hearing will be held in the council chambers at Blaine City Hall. The hearing will also be available on zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A presentation will be made by finance staff, and public comment will be taken both in person and remotely.

12/16/2019 - The Blaine City Council will vote on the final 2021 tax levy and general fund budget.

If you would like more information on the city budget please contact Blaine Finance Director Joe Huss at 763-717-2677 or jhuss@blainemn.gov.

2021 Preliminary General Fund Budget and Tax Levy

On September 21, 2020 the Blaine City Council adopted the preliminary general fund budget and tax level for 2021. The general fund budget and tax levy will return to the council on December 21 for final adoption. The budget and tax level cannot be increased from the preliminary numbers but it can be reduced.

2021 Preliminary General Fund Budget: $36,073,800

2021 Preliminary Tax Rate: 36.802 percent (same rate as 2020)