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2020 Property Tax Levy and Budget

A public hearing was held on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The proposed 2020 budget, in financial terms, sets forth the action plan of the City. The priorities for staff, infrastructure improvement and service response are reflected in the allocation of resources in the plan developed in City Council Joint Work Sessions with the Financial Commission during the months of June through November 2019. The expenditure levels are focused on maintaining current services and on the achievement of the strategic priorities of Resident Economic Stability, Targeted Redevelopment, Enhanced Community Image, Inclusive Community Engagement, Safe Secure Stable Community and Key Transportation Investments and key outcomes adopted by the City Council.

The overall proposed General Fund budget increase is 6.14% and the overall tax levy increase is 5.87%. The property tax levy increase includes a new debt service levy dedicated for the repayment of a 2019 bond issue used to finance neighborhood infrastructure reconstruction improvements. The Median Value Residential Property in the City is $198,000 compared to the prior year value of $184,000, which is an increase in market value of 7.6%. The Median Value Residential Property will pay approximately $1,233 in City and Housing and Redevelopment Authority property taxes in 2020 compared to $1,174 in 2019, which is an increase of $59.

Significant initiatives in the 2020 budget include:

·      Issuance of $6.44 million of debt to finance capital improvements including the street, water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer portions of the infrastructure improvement project for the Grandview Area North Street and Utility Improvements and the rehabilitation of Water Tower #1. This debt issue provides the needed funding for the continuation of our street and utilities neighborhood reconstruction program.

·      The addition of a full-time Associate Planner (Community Development) to assist the City Economic Development Coordinator with day-to-day tasks, zoning administration, permit review, and special projects related to accomplishing strategic initiatives and policy directives. This will allow additional time for City Planner and Workforce Development Specialist to focus on core functions related to forwarding strategic priorities. This position was initiated as a result of the increase in the pipeline of development projects.

·      The addition of a part-time Housing/Code Enforcement Inspector (Community Development) to maintain pace for the ongoing high demand for housing inspections, which are consistently three to four weeks our for inspection scheduling. This has routinely pulled Building Inspector off their duties to fill in, which draws away from building plan review and permit inspections time. The position will be filled by the longest serving inspector who has indicated their desire for part-time and would allow them an opportunity to train their successors and pass on their vast knowledge and experience.

·      The conversion of a part-time Community Engagement Specialist (Administration) to a full-time position. The position will design, plan and coordinate the City engagement efforts and work of the Neighborhood Liaisons.

·      The conversion of a part-time Human Resource Development Specialist (Administration) to a full-time position. The position will develop and lead City-wide training and development at all staff levels, coordinate the City Inclusion & Diversity efforts and support Human Resource daily operation.

·      Master development planning for targeted redevelopment areas that include: Opportunity Site Redevelopment, Brooklyn Boulevard Corridor and former Sears Site. The City will be working with Alatus, LLC to move forward with the first phase of the redevelopment of the Opportunity Site.

·      Creation of a funding pool that would allocate funding to each neighborhood for neighborhood engagement activities.

·      Water Tower No. 1 rehabilitation, which will include painting the water tower with the current Brooklyn Center city logo.

·      Purchase of digital signage to replace existing signage outside City Hall/Community Center to promote current events and City notifications. 

·      Begin developing the Brooklyn Boulevard Corridor Phase 2 (Bass Lake Road to 65th Avenue) for construction in 2021.

·      Work with regional partners and jurisdictions to develop an environmental study for the TH 252 conversion to a freeway and MnPASS lanes on TH 252 and I-94. This project was selected for Corridors of Commerce funding in 2018 ($163M) for start of construction in 2023.

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

2020 Executive Summary | Public Hearing Budget Presentation 12-2-2019

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports