Truth in Taxation
The Anoka County Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary property tax increase of 4.97% during the board’s regular meeting September 24th.
Budget priorities for 2020 include public safety, cyber security, and preserving and maintaining the current level of county services. The levy pays for approximately a third of the county’s operational costs. The remainder of the county’s budget comes from other sources such as fees and state and federal grants.
“This preliminary levy falls in line with last year’s levy” said Scott Schulte, Chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners. “This is very much a status-quo budget but it allows us to address some of our high priority areas.”
One of those areas is increasing public safety by hiring eight more 911 operators. This recommended action is in response to the volume of calls that come into Anoka County Central Communications. Anoka County’s dispatchers field more than 300,000 calls per year and as of May 2019, the county was 10,000 calls ahead of 2018’s numbers. Having an adequately staffed Central Communications center is important to ensure calls are answered in a prompt fashion and emergency services are rapidly dispatched when they are needed.
Cyber security is of vital importance for every household and business and Anoka County is no different. Protecting sensitive County data is vital, especially given the amount of intrusions, ransomware, and other threats Anoka County faces daily. Every day, the County’s firewall blocks an average of 3.68 million access attempts from “untrusted” sources outside of the U.S. and Canada. Keeping up to date with the most recent security software and employing staff who can recognize and eliminate security issues is essential.
The County’s 2020 Truth in Taxation meeting is at 6 PM, December 5th in room No. 705 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Ave., Anoka. The Board of Commissioners will approve the final levy and budget during their 9:30 AM, December 6th regular meeting.
Note: Anoka County only has authority over the county portion of the property tax bill; cities and school districts have their own taxing authority.