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October 22, 2017

9/28/2017 4:46:00 PM
Lindstrom supports moderate levy hike approach into 2018

The levy for taxpayers in Lindstrom is staying on its traditional track of being increased by just a few percent. The city council adopted a preliminary maximum levy for 2018 of around four percent more than was levied for 2017.  

The council set December 21 at 6:30 p.m. to explain the details to the citizens and take input, and then take a vote to finalize the number.  
The cap established at $2,161,659 may be reduced, it just can not be increased.

A couple added costs coming are Lindstrom has hired a fourth public works/maintenance person in the last few weeks,   and the Economic Development Authority levy is up by $1,500, with $24,000 also added for needed general government revenues.

The individual Lindstrom property owner will feel this at varying levels, depending on if property valuation goes up, down or stays the same.  City Finance Director Kay Mattson said the county assessor has projected Lindstrom overall tax capacity valuation to increase from $3,566,452 to $3.8 million in 2018.

Your property taxes are also impacted by what your city, township and school district set as their budgets and levies.  And, the county board has set a max levy increase at 3.5 percent.  This will be finalized by county commissioners in December as well.

When you get your tax statements for 2018 in the mail the calculations are estimates, based on these maximums now being adopted.

In other business, Lindstrom city council also:
~ Approved re-doing a culvert drainage depression created as part of the Morningside Court road project that was not functioning.  Loni Strand requested engineering inspect the project and asked for it to be lined with different rock, made to drain, and enhanced with plantings. Council approved about $2,800 to re-do the swale and add vegetation that was chosen by Soil and Water Conservation District staff.

~ Enchanted Cove, a small residential plat on North Lindstrom Lake, near the bridge channel, was okayed 5-0.

~ Lakes Region EMS may be interested in building a new “Chisago Base” across from city hall, north of the Plastic Products Co. Inc. main plant.  The lots are owned by the city and the Carlson family.  Staff was directed to work on putting together a package to meet the ambulance service’s needs and report back.  

The EMS base is now at Fairview Clinic, near the library in Chisago City.  Fairview has notified occupants of this “old hospital” area of the site to vacate.  The Outlook Clinic (reproductive healthcare) recently moved to across from Moberg Park, north frontage road, in downtown Chisago City.

~ Annexation of a residential parcel,  off Olinda at the intersection with Machmeier Court,  was approved.  The action was part of a voluntary agreement between the city and Chase Peloquin for city services.

~ Council approved hiring Melissa Glenna as new administrative assistant and clerk.  She takes Kathy George’s post, who moved on to be Sandstone’s city administrator.

~ Council heard the detour for the county road 20 bridge replacement next year is on 316th.  The approximate cost for a widened bridgedeck walkway,  the city requested to be part of the design,  is being covered by the city waiving what the county would normally be compensating Lindstrom to use 316th for the detour.

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