Police station to hike city taxesPublished 10:57am Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Fergus Falls City Council approved a preliminary budget for 2013, and although nothing is final yet, property taxes could increase by as much as 15 percent.
Much of the property tax levy change is due to the construction of the new public safety facility. This project alone will account for 9.36 percent of the increase, said city finance director Bill Sonmor.
“That’s what we expected and what we planned for,” he said. “It came in at what we were anticipating.”
The rest of the bump will come because of an increase to city employee wages, equipment and slight increases in several other areas.
As fuel prices rise, supplies, parts and inventory prices rise as well, said Sonmor.
“Overall it’s pretty basic,” he said. “The city is an organization with employees and equipment that provide services to residents. These are the areas where the increases show up.”
So what does this mean to you?
A taxpayer with an $80,000 home will end up paying approximately $55 more this year than last year.
• $100,000 home – $69 increase
• $125,000 home – $86 increase
• $150,000 home – $103 increase
• $200,000 home – $138 increase
Since the council approved this preliminary budget, the numbers can only go down.
“We can always decrease the property tax levy, but we can’t go above these numbers,” said Sonmor.
The council will have a work session to further discuss the preliminary budget an hour before their next meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17.