2022 Preliminary Budget

The City Council reviewed the proposed 2022 city budget at a workshop meeting on Sept. 15. At the workshop, the Council discussed city services and funding levels for 2022, as well as a variety of issues that impact the 2022 property tax levy.  

Next Steps

A truth-in-taxation public meeting is scheduled for the Dec. 8 City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. The City Council  also will adopt the property tax levy and budget for 2022 at the same Dec. 8 meeting.

Documents

More Information

The full proposed budget document can be viewed in person at City Hall (8301 Valley Creek Road) and the R.H. Stafford (Washington County) Library, 8595 Central Park Place. For more information, call the Finance Division at 651-714-3507 or send an email.

  1. Overview
  2. Property Tax Levy
  3. General Fund
  4. 2022 Expenditures - All Budgeted Funds
  5. Levy and Taxes

As part of the 2022 budget process, annual rate adjustments are considered to appropriately maintain funding levels for city services such as: emergency medical services (EMS), water and sewer utility, storm water utility, street lighting utility, and our city-run ice / field house arena and golf course. Since these public services are not funded by tax dollars, except for EMS which is partially funded by the tax levy, they are supported by rates and fees. Several rate increase considerations are included with the proposed 2022 budget and were presented to Council at the workshop meeting. 

The most significant rate consideration relates to increasing the water and sewer utility rates. The budget proposes a water administrative fixed fee increase of $1.00 per quarter and a $0.10 per 1,000 gallon increase to the water rate. A $1.20 per quarter city sanitary sewer flat rate increase is also proposed. The proposed increases are needed to fund the replacement and maintenance of water and sewer infrastructure based on the proposed capital improvement plan. Other increases include the pass-through of wastewater treatment cost from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services.

Irrigation rates are proposed to increase $0.32 per 1,000 gallons. From 2017 through 2021, incremental irrigation rate increases were implemented to support the city's  of water conservation educational and incentive programs. This rate increase is a proposed continuation of those efforts.

The quarterly storm water utility charges are also proposed to increase $0.60 per quarter to support the funding of storm water pond maintenance programs and replacement of storm water infrastructure. 

 A four percent rate increase is proposed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Personnel costs, operational cost impacts due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and mandatory discounts from Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs factor into the proposed rate increase.

Lastly, no changes are proposed for street lighting utility rates.

These potential impacts were discussed in detail at the workshop meeting and any increases will be presented for approval at a Council meeting in December with the adoption of the 2022 Fee Ordinance.