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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Chisago County Approves 2017 Annual Budget and Levy

The County Board approved a 2017 Budget of $63,479,967, slightly down from 2016 spending. This Budget reflects the County’s continued emphasis on major priorities, including: constructing and maintaining County Roads & Bridges ($14.2M), on delivering needed Health & Human Services programs ($13.5M), and on providing Public and Community Safety ($10.6M).

Following a pattern established over the past several years, the County Board set the property tax levy at $33,528,602, a modest 3.3% increase over 2016. This represents only the 2nd annual increase in the Levy over the past eight years (2 years actually saw a levy decrease), representing an average annual increase of less than 1%. 

During this same period (2009-2017), Chisago County saw its per capita levy rate drop from one of the higher rates in Minnesota (69th out of 87 counties) to now well below the state average (37th  out of 87 counties). In fact, from 2011-16, Chisago County had the 10th lowest increase in its property tax levy when compared to all 87 Minnesota counties.

The 2017 Annual Budget also includes $4,966,598 in debt service on the bonds (money) the County previously issued (borrowed) for major capital projects. Among these are past Road & Bridge projects (64% of debt), new and remodeled Libraries (10% of debt), and needed Public Safety improvements (16% of debt), including the County’s Emergency Communications and 911 System and the new Public Safety Center/County Jail. As directed by the County Board, no new levy dollars are being expended for 2017 debt payments.

County's Truth-in-Taxation Presentation
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