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City Council Adopts 2018 Property Tax Levy and Budget

On Monday, December 4th, 2017 the City Council adopted the 2018 property tax levy and 2018 budget. The 2018 budget sets forth the action plan of the City and priorities for staff, infrastructure improvements, and service levels. The budget was developed in the Joint Work Sessions with the City Council and Financial Commissions during the months of June through November 2017. The total 2018 property tax levy adopted by the City Council is $17,105,950, which is an $911,036 (5.63 percent) increase from the 2017 adopted tax levy.  

The median value residential property in the City is $167,000 compared to the prior year value of $150,000, which is an increase in market value of 11.3 percent. This is the fourth straight year we have seen significant increases in residential property values. As a result, most residential properties will see an increase in their property taxes for 2018. The median value residential property will pay approximately $991 in City property taxes in 2018 compared to $908 in 2017.

Significant initiatives in the 2018 budget include:

·      Issuance of $10.3 million of debt to finance capital improvements including the street, water, and storm portions of the infrastructure improvements project for Firehouse Park Area Reconstruction and Water Tower No. 2 Reconditioning. This debt issue provides the needed funding for the continuation of our street and utilities neighborhood reconstruction program.

·      Establishment of a Communications and Engagement division, including funding allocated to branding and marketing efforts, website re-design and community engagement activities.

·      Reorganization of the Business & Development and Building & Community Standards departments into a Community Development departments. This new department will be led by a Community Development Director who will also oversee the economic development activities of the City.

·      The creation of a full-time business assistance specialist position that will provide the necessary assistance to current, start-up and relocating businesses. This position will also work to identify workforce opportunities for current Brooklyn Center residents.

·      The addition of a recreation program supervisor to oversee Community Center operations including aquatics and fitness programs.

·      Purchase of a training simulator for police officers that will allow officers to received scenario style decision-based training. The simulator will be continually updated for new scenarios based on targeted situational training needs and current events.

·      The budget includes funding for 2040 Comprehensive Plan updates, including public feedback sessions, that will serve as the master planning document of future land-use within the City.

·      Funding for the transition of the BrookLynk youth internship program from the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance to city operations (Brooklyn Center/Brooklyn Park) and continued support and involvement with the Alliance in efforts related to youth programming statistical tracking, strategy, access, outreach, and program quality.

·      Planned infrastructure improvements that include: Brooklyn Boulevard Corridor (49th Avenue to Bass Lake Road), Firehouse Park Area Neighborhood Reconstruction Project, Bellvue Avenue mill and overlay, and Water Tower #2 reconditioning.

·      An appropriated General fund contingency of $125,000 available for unanticipated expenditures

Please use the links below to view the Budget Executive Summary or the Complete Annual Budget.

2018 Executive Summary, Public Hearing Budget Presentation 12-4-2017


Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports