Truth in Taxation

The Anoka County Board of Commissioners approved a flat preliminary property tax levy during the board's regular meeting Sept. 27 –– this was the third consecutive year the levy amount did not increase. 

             The strategic priorities of the 2023 proposed budget include transportation projects that enhance and protect lives by providing safe roads and eliminating congestion; human services initiatives to improve people's lives; a public safety focus that centers on protecting and serving the community in a manner that preserves public trust; addressing workforce needs so the county can attract and retain engaged, skilled staff to serve the public; and an emphasis on communication, so residents and staff are provided with clear, accurate information about county initiatives. 

The county's Truth in Taxation meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 1. Details about that meeting will be posted on the county's website calendar. The Board of Commissioners will approve the final levy and budget during their 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 meeting. The levy can be reduced prior to final approval, but it cannot increase. 

"I couldn't be prouder of the Anoka County staff and my colleagues on the board for the months of shoulder-to-the-wheel work that resulted in a levy that didn't increase from the previous year," said Scott Schulte, chair, Anoka County Board of Commissioners. "This took real work, and we were honest and forthright throughout our negotiations. And an important takeaway from this process is that we were able to fund our employee needs –– we'll be bringing wages that need to be adjusted up to market rate over the next several years, and we were able to do this without increasing the levy next year."

            Note: Anoka County only has authority over the county portion of the property tax bill; cities and school districts have their own taxing authority. Please check your proposed property tax statement for their meeting dates, times, and locations.