Award Winning Financial Excellence
The St. Louis County Board and staff are working to finalize the 2015 budget. On September 23, commissioners approved the preliminary maximum property tax levy in the amount of $116,631,195 (overview presentation available here). This is a 2.9% increase over the current year. The increased levy dollars will:
- Help fund debt service for key capital investments, including the renovation of the Government Services Center in Duluth and needed upgrades to the Northeast Regional Corrections Center (NERCC)
- Provide additional support for public safety initiatives such as the operational costs to support a medium-security area at NERCC
- Preserve road and bridge investments and human services programming.
Establishing the levy is a key step in the budget process. The 2015 budget will be adopted on December 16, 2014. Residents are invited to give their input on the budget at any Board meeting.
The operating budget allows the County to fulfill its mission of delivering high quality yet efficient services to citizens in the areas of planning and zoning, land and minerals management, solid waste and recycling, public works, health and human services, criminal justice, community development and general government services.
The budget process provides the County Board and its management staff an opportunity to annually reexamine the services provided within the County. It is a lengthy and comprehensive process that begins early each year.