St. Louis Co. Sets Max Levy Increase, 1.5 Percent
Posted at: 09/11/2012 1:58 PM
| Updated at: 09/11/2012 5:55 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
St. Louis County commissioners set a maximum levy increase for 2013 in their board meeting Tuesday morning. According to Kevin Gray, the St. Louis County Administrator, commissioners set the maximum levy increase at 1.5 percent less than three hours after the meeting began.
Gray told Eyewitness News that the increase translates to a property tax increase of between $7 and $12 per year for the average household. He said the increase will "fund investments we think make sense for taxpayers."
According to a news release, "the levy supports investments in public safety and the growing mineral management program (a program that recently resulted in royalties to the County of more than $900,000.) It will also support continued investments in business improvement and collaboration efforts, including the expanded role of the county's assessment department to provide services in Duluth and several other cities and townships."
Commissioners will pass the levy increase in December as part of the 2013 budget. It is possible the amount will decrease, but it will not increase.