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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Home Values Up, Tax Rate Stays Steady

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The annual truth in taxation hearing was held on December 9 at Blaine City Hall. City staff presented information regarding the 2020 general fund budget and tax levy. Public comment was received by the Blaine City Council from those in attendance at the hearing. The budget and tax levy was brought back to the city council on December 16 and adopted.

For several years the Blaine City Council has directed staff to keep the city tax rate stable. In 2020 the city tax rate will be 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.

The 2020 budget allows for one additional police officer, one additional public works mechanic, increased efforts to combat Emerald Ash Borer, and funding to run the 2020 elections.

Safety services continues to be the biggest driver in the city budget accounting for just under 50 percent of the total general fund budget. The next largest section of the budget is public works which makes up about 24 percent of the total. The rest of the general fund city services are funded out of the remaining 25 percent of the budget.

Tax Rates of Anoka County Full Service Cities

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