City Approves Preliminary Levy

City Approves Preliminary Levy Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Sep 12, 2017 at 10:28 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - St. Cloud approved an increase in the preliminary budget for 2018 but city officials say residents won't feel it in their pocket book.

Mayor Dave Kleis says there is a good reason you won’t see next year's 3.85-percent increase.

"It captures the growth, new construction, and evaluations increases of about 3.45-percent."

The 2018 tax levy is $928,700 more than last year for a 2018 preliminary levy of $25.1 million.

The budget includes money for a new police officer, maintenance worker and, technology specialist.

Other new budget items include three squad cars, a brush truck for the fire department, two mowers and a utility vehicle for the parks department, and a dump truck and plow equipment for public works.

The budget has spending additional money for road maintenance.

Preliminary property tax statements will be mailed to property owners in November.

The final levy and budget will be approved in December.

While the budget could still change, the final levy cannot be more than the approved preliminary levy.

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