The city's budget is structured to provide quality public services to residents and businesses. The budget process follows a timetable established by state law.
Budget process, timeline and feedback
The city uses an open and public process to adopt its annual budget. The process typically follows this timeline:
- June - Departments prepare budget requests
- July - Department budgets reviewed by City Administrator and Administrative Services Director
- August - City council reviews budget requests at a public council workshop
- September - Council adopts preliminary budget and tax levy
- October - Council reviews detailed preliminary budget at a public study session
- December - Council reviews the budget at a public meeting and adopts final budget and tax levy
We welcome feedback and input at public meetings and workshops. Proposed property tax statements (mailed in November) list the dates of budget hearings of the taxing districts.
The League of Minnesota Cities has prepared some educational resources to explain the various factors that impact taxes for property owners:
The following video, Special Delivery: City Services and Your Property Taxes is approximately seven minutes in length and provides background on the property tax process in an easy to understand, storytelling format.