2022 Adopted City Budget
The Woodbury City Council adopted the 2022 city budget on Dec. 8, 2021.
Viewing the 2022 Adopted Annual City Budget
You may review the budget document in-person at City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road, or at Washington County's R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place. For more information, call the Finance Division at 651-714-3507 or send an email to the Finance Division.
Summary of Adopted Fund Budget Expenditures
|Fund||2022 Budgeted Amount|
|Public Safety Training Center||$132,750|
|Public Safety Activities||$183,450|
|Emergency Medical Services||$2,439,000|
|Fire Relief Pension||$470,000|
|Housing and Urban Development||$625,200|
|Economic Development Authority||$78,700|
|Housing and Redevelopment Authority||$1,313,900|
|Parks and Trails Replacement||$3,850,000|
|Municipal State Aid Roadway Construction||$1,755,000|
|Tax Abatement Plan Interstate 94 Region||$201,600|
|Water and Sewer Utility||$16,285,002|
|Storm Water Utility||$2,540,400|
|Street Lighting Utility||$559,800|
|HealthEast Sports Center Ice Arena/Field House||$2,895,800|
|Eagle Valley Golf Course||$1,485,900|
|Debt Service Funds||$5,797,000|
Property Tax Levy
The 2022 total levy of $41,976,885 ($42.0 million) is a combination of property tax funding of the:
- General Fund
- Public Safety Training Center Fund
- Capital Improvement Fund
- Street Reconstruction/Maintenance Fund
- Parks and Trails Replacement Fund
- Central Park Building Project
- Tax Abatement Fund
- Debt Service Funds
- Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Fund
The adopted 2022 total property tax levy (including the HRA property tax levy) is 5.5% above last year, which is above our 15-year historic average increase of 3.9%.
For 2022, the General Fund budget, which is the city's main operating fund, totals $44,059,000. This compares to the $38,794,650 adopted budget for 2021, representing a 13.6% increase. Gross property taxes at $30.8 million account for 70% of the General Fund revenues. Other sources of revenue include:
- Development fees and permits from new home and business construction
- Intergovernmental revenues from other government grants and aids
- Charges for various services
- Miscellaneous revenues
- Transfers from other funds
General Fund Estimated Revenues
|Category||2020 Actual||Budget 2021||Budget 2022||Increase / (Decrease) Over 2021|
|Taxes (less estimated tax delinquencies)||$26,763,947||$27,846,395||$30,362,072||$2,515,677|
|Development Fees and Permits||$4,543,966||$3,400,300||$3,680,200||$279,900|
|Charges for Services||$988,820||$1,054,382||$997,382||$(57,000)|
|Fines and Forfeits||$183,241||$238,000||$209,000||$(29,000)|
|Use of Fund Balance||N/A||$83,500||$115,600||$32,100|
2022 Expenditures - All Budgeted Funds
Total city expenditures for 2022 are estimated at $99.7 million. This includes the General Fund and all other annually budgeted city funds, such as the:
- Eagle Valley Golf Course
- HealthEast Sports Center
- Water and sewer utility
- Storm water utility, and others
|Fund / Category||Budget 2021||Budget 2022|
|Public Safety Training Center||$138,664||$132,750|
|Public Safety Activities||$168,000||$183,450|
|Emergency Medical Services||$3,152,600||$2,439,000|
|Fire Relief Pension||$460,000||$470,000|
|Housing and Urban Development (HUD)||$828,668||$625,200|
|Economic Development Authority (EDA)||$78,300||$78,700|
|Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA)||$744,900||$1,313,900|
|Parks and Trails Replacement||$1,185,000||$3,850,000|
|M.S.A. Roadway Construction||$10,730,000||$1,755,000|
|Tax Abatement Plan Interstate 94 Region||$1,500||$201,600|
|Water and Sewer Utility||$12,969,514||$16,285,002|
|Storm Water Utility||$2,129,961||$2,540,400|
|Street Lighting Utility||$559,800||$559,800|
|HealthEast Sports Center||$1,894,300||$2,895,800|
|Eagle Valley Golf Course||$1,430,500||$1,485,900|
|Debt Service Funds||$9,746,000||$5,797,000|
Levy & Taxes
City taxes on a residential parcel valued at $341,200 - the median value for taxes payable in 2021 - are estimated to increase $30 in 2022. This assumes the parcel experiences a 2.9% increase in estimated market value.
It's important to note that market values, and thus taxes, do not increase or decrease the same for all properties. The net city tax may increase if a property has a market value increase due to improvements that add value, such as adding a basement or adding a three-season porch. To help residents better understand the local property tax system, The League of Minnesota Cities has provided a FAQ resource: Why Your Property Taxes Change from Year to Year (PDF).
City taxes constitute about 25% of the total property tax bill for Woodbury homeowners residing in the South Washington School District (amounts will vary somewhat for other school districts).
Under the 2022 adopted budget, the average homeowner receives police and fire protection; snow plowing and street maintenance; park development and maintenance; recreational programs and facilities; and many other services for about $95 per month. This is about $3 more than the 2021 amount per month. An additional resource for residents to access is The Woodbury City Update Newsletter for November/December 2022 (PDF) which addresses critical factors impacting the 2022 budget.
Street Reconstruction / Maintenance
For fiscal year 2022, a 5.5% or $211,955 increase in the property tax levy has been incorporated to meet the long-term funding plan developed from the Street Major Maintenance Task Force recommendations.
Public Safety Training Center (HERO Center)
In 2019, Woodbury partnered with the City of Cottage Grove to construct a new regional public safety training facility to be located in Cottage Grove. This facility will provide an immersive training center for our integrated public safety model of police, fire and emergency medical services. As approved with the 2019 to 2020 HERO Center Business and Operations Plan, this special property tax levy includes $324,395 for the annual internal loan payment for Woodbury's share of the HERO Center construction project and an additional $50,000 to support unanticipated operational costs.
Parks & Trails Replacement
This special property tax levy was established in 2020 and supports the Parks and Trails Replacement Fund that will account for the replacement and improvement of the city's parks infrastructure. The levy is increasing $14,000 as established with the adoption of the Capital Improvement Plan in May 2021.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
A four percent rate increase will be implemented with the 2022 adopted budget for EMS. The prior taxy levy of $665,909 was reallocated to the General Fund due to the merging of the EMS operations within the General Fund-Fire Division. Transfers from the EMS Fund will be completed over the fiscal year to the General Fund (operations) and Capital Improvement Fund (capital) as budgeted and all revenues will be maintained in the EMS Fund. The rate increase will contribute to maintaining proper funding levels for operations pertaining to increased personnel costs, operating supplies, future capital needs, and the impact of mandatory insurance discounts.
Water & Sewer Rates
For 2022, the city water administrative fee will be increasing $1 per quarter, water rate per usage tiers will be increasing 10 cents per thousand gallons, and the city's sanitary sewer utility rate will be increasing $1.20 per quarter. These increases will support the challenges of funding major water and sewer infrastructure improvements, debt service for the Public Works building project, and the continued annual meter replacement program.
Rate increases will also be implemented for sanitary sewer flow charges passed along from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES). Both the fixed quarterly and per thousand gallons rates are set to increase approximately six percent. For more information regarding the MCES pass-through charges, please refer to the Metropolitan Council website.
In addition, the irrigation rate for commercial and homeowner association properties will increase from $3.18 to $3.50 per thousand gallons.
Storm Water Rates
The cost for a single-family residence in 2022 will increase from $20.50 to $21.10 per quarter. This increase is funding the pond maintenance programs and the replacement of storm water infrastructure.
Street Light Rates
Based on the proposed rate structure for 2022 from Xcel Energy, no rate increases were implemented with the 2021 adopted budget for street lighting.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Levy
For 2022, the HRA is to be funded by a $250,000 property tax levy which is the same from 2021. Additional revenues from a federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME grant will help supplement HRA programs. The property tax impact is estimated to be approximately $7 for the median value home. The HRA property tax levy is included under "other special taxing districts" on your property tax bill.
The following comparison assumes a 2.9% increase in estimated market value.
Actual Taxes Payable 2021
|Category||$291,500 Residential Value||Median Residential Value||$388,7000 Residential Value||$437,300 Residential Value|
|Estimated market value||$291,500||$341,200||$388,700||$437,300|
|Homestead value exclusion||$11,000||$6,500||$2,300||$ -|
|Taxable market value||$280,500||$334,700||$386,400||$437,300|
|Net city tax||$929||$1,108||$1,279||$1,447|
Estimated Taxes Payable 2022
|Category||$300,000 Residential Value||Median Residential Value||$400,000 Residential Value||$450,000 Residential Value|
|Estimated market value||$300,000||$351,100||$400,000||$450,000|
|Homestead value exclusion||$10,200||$5,600||$1,200||$ -|
|Taxable market value||$289,800||$345,500||$398,800||$450,000|
|Net city tax||$955||$1,138||$1,313||$1,482|
- $300,000 Residential Value: $26
- Median Residential Value: $30
- $400,000 Residential Value: $34
- $450,000 Residential Value: $35