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On Monday, December 18, the Blaine City Council unanimously adopted the 2024 budget and tax levy. The development of the city budget is a year round process. It starts with an evaluation of the current budget and the strategic priorities of the City. The City Council provides staff direction early in the year to guide the budget development process. A preliminary levy and budget will be adopted in September. At that point the levy can not be raised it can only be lowered. This year the tax levy was lowered by 3.54 percent from the preliminary levy. The City budget funds all the core services residents and business owners expect. This includes police, fire, public works, parks and trails, economic development, recreation events and programs, and more. The median valued home in Blaine is $327,400. The owner of that home will see a tax increase of about $7 per month for the city portion of their tax bill. Blaine receives no local government aid, local option sales tax revenue, or utility or liquor franchise fees that other cities use to offset the property tax levy. This small property tax increase will allow the City to continue to provide all the core services residents expect while adding two additional police officers and investing in community wide infrastructure improvements. With this tax levy in place, Blaine continues to be one of the lowest taxed cities of its size in Minnesota.