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City Council Adopts 2017 Property Tax Levy and Budget

On Monday, December 5th, 2016 the City council adopted the 2017 property tax levy and 2017 budget. The 2017 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 2016. The total 2017 property tax levy adopted by the City Council is $16,194,914, which is an $826,679 (5.38 percent) increase from the 2016 adopted tax levy.  

The median value residential property in the City is $150,000 compared to the prior year value of $142,100, which is an increase in market value of 5.6 percent. This is the third 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 2017. The median value residential property will pay approximately $898 in City property taxes in 2017 compared to $862 in 2016.

Significant initiatives in the 2017 budget include:

·      Capital improvement projects totaling $18.69 million, including Evergreen Park Area Neighborhood Reconstruction, a 57th Avenue Regional Trail, mill and overlay improvements on portions of 69th Avenue, France Avenue and 57th Avenue.

·      The issuance of $10.8 million of debt to finance capital improvements including the street, water and sanitary sewer portions of the infrastructure improvement project  for Evergreen Park Area Reconstruction and Water Tower No. 3 painting.

·      An Additional allocation for communications and community engagement activities.

·      Enhancements to the Fire Department service model, which includes modifying duty crew schedules to better match the time of day when most service calls are generated and implementing a pay per call system.

·      Addition of a patrol sergeant that will be assigned to the proactive policing team unit.

·      Continuation of our commitment to the success of youth, by increasing funding to the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth and expansion of the mobile recreation programming from four to eight sites.

·      Funding for the expanded revitalized Earle Brown Days.

·      Continued redevelopment of the Shingle Creek Crossing site, Opportunity site and former Cars with Heart site.

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

2017 Executive Summary, Public Hearing Budget Presentation 12-5-2016

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports