Public hearings on St. Louis County tax levySt. Louis County commissioners have scheduled two public input sessions this week and next on their proposed 2012 property tax levy.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
St. Louis County commissioners have scheduled two public input sessions this week and next on their proposed 2012 property tax levy.
The first meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the county courthouse in Virginia. The second meeting is set for Dec. 8 in the commissioners chambers in the Duluth courthouse.
County officials will make a short presentation on the budget, which includes a proposed 1.8 percent increase in the portion that is paid for through property taxes. That levy would bring in about $110 million annually. Much of the 1.8 percent increase would go to pay for a gravel road improvement project and to pay for increased cost of regional criminal detention services.
The county also is expected to address changes in state law that eliminated the homestead property tax exclusion — a legislative move that forced up the county’s share of all property taxes but is not reflected in the 1.8 percent increase.
The 1.8 percent proposed increase is only preliminary, with the county board expected to enact its formal levy on Dec. 13 in Duluth.