The Anoka County Board of Commissioners approved a flat preliminary property tax levy during the board’s regular
meeting Sept. 22.
The 2021 adopted budget reflects the priorities of the county to modernize and shift its service delivery models, and to ensure the continued safety and health of its citizens. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding has provided some economic relief, allowing the county to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, help small businesses, and set its direction towards a sustained change in its service delivery model to continue to serve county citizens.
“It has been a painful year, in terms of the impact of COVID-19, but we’ve positioned ourselves to deal with it financially because of years of debt reduction and responsible budgeting,” said Scott Schulte, chair, Anoka County Board of Commissioners. “Setting the preliminary levy at no increase from the 2020 final levy was our goal, and we accomplished that. We’ll continue to revisit the budget before it’s approved to see if we can pare it down further, to hopefully treat our taxpayers even more fairly than we already have. If further reductions cannot be made, we’re still in a great spot with a flat levy.”
Note: Anoka County only has authority over the county portion of the property tax bill; cities and school districts have their own taxing authority.