HEADS UP: Mill rate steady, utilities to increase under Mayor Brown’s 2014 budget

Heads Up is a weekly column previewing city government meetings in Grand Forks.

It’s September which means Grand Forks’ proposed city budget is prepared and ready to be inspected by City Council.

The 2014 budget is up for preliminary approval at the council’s meeting tonight. Once that approval is given, the budget cannot be increased just decreased.

Property tax relief estimates for 2014.

This year, Mayor Mike Brown is proposing no increases on property taxes. While the tax rate likely won’t go up, rising property values would still result in a tax increase for some.

The average property value increase is estimated to be around 3 percent. Owners whose property value increases more than 10 percent will receive an letter in the mail in addition to the newspaper ad announcing the 3-percent increase.

A 12-percent tax credit is approved by the state Legislature is expected to offset increases.

You read more details about property taxes and the relief provided by the state here.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall. The vote for the budget’s final approval will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the same location.

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