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December 11, 2017

11/21/2017 12:00:00 PM
Byron talks taxes, library, saving money

By Gretta Becay

"We're sitting at a really good spot. I see a bright future." Byron City Council Member Matt Brekke

With one month to go to set the city property tax levy, Byron City Council members discussed different possible property tax increases at their meeting Nov. 14.

City Administrator Mary Blair-Hoeft explained that Byron's tax rate is lower than most regional towns of the same size.

2017 tax rates are as follows:

Stewartville - 64.083

Byron - 64.375

Pine Island - 79.429

Kasson - 86.208

Chatfield 95.567

If the council approves the preliminary levy as the final levy the city's tax rate would be 67.01 for 2018.

What does that mean to homeowners?

Assessed Value Annual Increase from 2017 to 2018

$150,000 $40

$250,000 $66

$350,000 $92

$450,000 $119

During discussion after Hoeft's presentation, council members agreed this increase was a good idea.

Funds could be used as follows:

• Treat or destroy the city's ash trees, which will fall prey to the emerald ash borer in the near future. (Both Dodge and Olmsted Counties have been invaded by the insects.)

• Help pay for a full-blown library study.

• Prepare planning documents for the land south of Highway 14.

• Update the comprehensive plan.

• Help pay for additional snowplow equipment.

• Help pay for additional equipment for the Byron Community Recreational Complex and the new public works building.

Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review.

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