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WIld Mountain 12-8-13

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November 30, 2021

10/1/2021 1:15:00 PM
Wyoming early levy adopted at 11 percent hike

The levy and tax rate for the City of Wyoming will increase under the preliminary numbers the city council adopted 4-1 last week. The city can still decrease the levy until the final tax statement numbers are established in December for next year— the numbers may not go up.  With no specific opposition expressed, Council member Linda Nanko Yeager voted no.

Impacts depend on the valuation of a property, if it goes up, stays the same or dips. The average in Chisago County is about a seven percent increase.  Without any valuation change, the numbers adopted result in a $22 tax hike for a $100,000 home in Wyoming just for the city portion of property tax. Commercial property at $500,000 would see a $281 hike.  The same residential and commercial properties that experience valuation hikes at the theoretical seven percent —will see hikes of $45 and $314 in city property tax for next year.

Some of the bigger-ticket expenses for next year are that the Wyoming  City Council wants to implement a street replacement levy at $300,000 annually.  The debt levy is proposed to go up by $51,000 for 2022 (ballon payment for a 2009 bonding) and the Capital expense levy is slated to increase by $330,000.  Staffing wise— the crime analyst in the public safety department is planned to become fulltime and the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for all employees is slated for a three percent hike over and above any wage increases achieved in specific positions.

Wyoming’s tax rate this year is at 43.3 percent. Under the action taken last week it jumps to 46.3 percent.

Mayor Lisa Iverson was quite sure the council will chip away at the 11 percent between now and final budget-setting in December. She noted the proposed hike “...is not what it will be.”

City Administrator Robb Linwood added that staff continues to look for places to trim, including insurance packages for health and property/liability. Large increases in 2022 are budgeted in vehicle and worker compensation claims for example, and although health insurance did not rise last year, an eight percent increase (employee covers four percent and city covers percent) is projected in 2022. The hope is these 2022 budgeted amounts can still come down.

The public can comment and learn more before the final levy and budget are adopted for next year, by attending or viewing on line  a public hearing December 7 at city hall.

~ Council also observed last week as Chief of Police Paul Hoppe introduced and swore-in newest Officer Trevor Minor.

~ And, the city is entering into an agreement with the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Community Program.  

Applicable coursework for the 2021-2022 school year and students get matched up with projects, in this case Wyoming’s future Railroad Park history walk and vets’ memorial.  Students will be identified by mid-October, but if the school has no current courses that align with this park design finalization work, Wyoming can drop  from the program and there is no charge.

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