September 11, 2012
St. Louis County Board establishes maximum levy for 2013
The St. Louis County Board has adopted a maximum preliminary levy of $111,669,173 – a 1.5 percent increase over last year – at its board meeting today. The increase is well below the current inflation rate and reflects the Board’s continued commitment to fiscal stewardship and long-term stability.
The levy supports investments in public safety and the growing mineral management program (a program that recently resulted in royalties to the County of more than $900,000.) It will also support continued investments in business improvement and collaboration efforts, including the expanded role of the County’s assessment department to provide services in Duluth and several other cities and townships.
In limiting the increase to 1.5 percent, commissioners sought a balance between sensitivity to the impact a levy has on taxpayers, and being able to deliver the core services and support critical investments that citizens expect, and that make St. Louis County a desirable place to live and work.
State law requires counties to certify their maximum preliminary levy for the 2013 budget this week. The adoption of the final capital and operating budget will take place at the December 11 board meeting, at which point the county may reduce, but not increase, its levy.
St. Louis County serves more than 200,000 residents within its 7,000 square miles. To learn more, visit stlouiscountymn.gov.
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