Various Factors to Affect 2023 Property Taxes
Scott Schulte, chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners, took some time during the meeting to note that the board was able to accomplish a zero percent levy increase next year, but residential properties in the county are likely to see overall property tax increases, due to a variety of factors. The main drivers of those increases include:
- Legislative changes that excluded an additional $50,000 of commercial/industrial value from the state general tax only, which helps reduce the tax liability for this classification.
- Larger overall value increases for residential properties compared to that of commercial, industrial and apartments.
- Large value increases for residential properties, resulting in loss of homestead market value exclusion.
- Higher taxes from other local taxing jurisdictions.
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Election Successful in Anoka County
Chair Schulte also commended Anoka County Elections Officials and local voters for their participation in the 2022 midterm elections. He noted that absentee voting had returned to pre-pandemic levels, and there were no reported threats against elections officials. He said 68 percent of registered Anoka County voters cast ballots in the midterms, and 100 percent of results were reported by 10:30 p.m. on Election Day, which was first among the metro counties. Anoka County was also among the first 12 counties in the state to have results reported.
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Donations Accepted for the Anoka County Library
The board accepted donations from patrons of the Anoka County Library for the month of September in the amount of $585.74. For more information on this item, click HERE.
New Appointment System Hardware/Software for License Centers Approved
The board awarded a contract to QMatic Inc. for the purchase hardware and software related to an appointment/queue management system to be used by the county’s license centers. The county’s current system was not developed to support a counter-based multi-client/multi-service provider service model that is used at license and passport centers. Several other metro counties are using the management system from QMatic. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Round Lake Boulevard in Andover to be Reconstructed
The board adopted two resolutions related to right-of-way acquisition for the reconstruction of Round Lake Boulevard, between 149th Lane NW and 157th Avenue NW, in the City of Andover. For more information on these items, click HERE.
Intersection to be Reconstructed Near Springbrook Nature Center
The board adopted two resolutions related to the acquisition and preparation of right-of-way for the reconstruction of the intersection of 85th Avenue NW and Evergreen Boulevard NW, near Springbrook Nature Center, in the cities of Coon Rapids and Fridley. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Board Applies for Highway 65 Funding
The board adopted a resolution authorizing the county engineer to apply for funding through the 2022 Corridors of Commerce Program to support Highway 65 corridor improvements between 99th Avenue and 117th Avenue/Cloud Drive, in the City of Blaine. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Speed Zone Study Requested in Lino Lakes
The board adopted a resolution requesting a speed zone study on Birch Street, from Hodgson Road to Old Birch Street, in the City of Lino Lakes. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Radisson Road Intersection to be Reconstructed in Blaine
The board entered into a joint powers agreement with the City of Blaine for improvements to the intersection of Radisson Road and Cloud Drive. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
ARPA Funds to be Used for Radio Tower Amplifier in Linwood
The board approved the use of up to $50,000 of county American Rescue Plan Act dollars to be used for the improvement of County Sheriff’s Office radio in in the Linwood area. There is a lack of radio reception at the substation for deputies, so the county will be looking to install a radio amplifier on the substation. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Law Enforcement Contract Approved with Nowthen
The board approved the 2023 law enforcement contract with the City of Nowthen for Sheriff’s Office Services. Nowthen has been using the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement since 2012. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Donation Accepted for Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
The board accepted a donation from the Love Family Affiliated Fund in the amount of $2,000 for the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. For more information on this item, click HERE.