Lake Shore: Homeowners to See 9.47% Increase in Municipal Property Taxes

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Lake Shore property owners will see the city’s share of their property taxes increase 9.47% from this year after city council approved a general income tax levy of $ 1,402,716 for 2021 .

The council also approved an overall budget for 2021 of $ 1,496,239, which includes a 2% cost of living increase for city employees and $ 1,025 for the Foundation Initiative.

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The increase in the levy is linked to operating costs in the following areas:

  • $ 10,500 for a long-term financial study on Ehlers & Associates’ sewer rates.

  • 2% cost of living increase for employees based on a survey of surrounding communities.

  • Increase of 0.6% for the Pine River Area Health District (Sewer).

  • 2.4% increase for audit.

  • $ 4,500 for liability insurance.

  • Increase of 3 to 5% for most and 10% for policy in workers’ compensation insurance.

  • $ 4000 increase for the fire contract.

  • Increase of $ 5,000 for road maintenance.

  • $ 130,000 for bond payments, which will increase to $ 165,000 in 2022.

  • $ 7,000 for salary increases for board and committee members. The monthly increases are: mayor, $ 350 to $ 400; board members, $ 250 to $ 300; members of the planning committee, $ 35 to $ 125; and other committee members, $ 20 to $ 50.

No one in the audience asked about the budget or the tax. City administrator Teri Hastings was at town hall while council members participated online via Zoom.

New mayor and current council member Krista Knudsen thanked Mayor Kevin Egan for serving the city in this capacity for the past four years. Egan did not seek re-election.

“You’ve been a lot – definitely a visionary. You’ve helped the city plan for its future. You’ve tackled many projects to help us plan for the future,” Knudsen said, noting Egan’s work on town hall, broadband and sewers, as well as bringing in outside resources when council members were not able to work together as effectively as they should.

“You have been a very strong leader through many challenges. It was truly an honor. I learned a lot from you, ”Knudsen said.

Council members Wayne Anderson and Doug Miller echoed Knudsen’s comments.

Egan said he learned a lot as mayor, including how to listen better.

“I have come to the conclusion that public service is a good thing,” he said.

Police Chief Steve Sundstrom reported a quiet month with 77 incidents, including 31 traffic-related and 46 miscellaneous calls. The trafficking activity included 22 warnings and two citations. The miscellaneous calls included eight suspicious activities, a structural fire and two complaints of property damage. Lake Shore Police assisted other agencies on two occasions.

In other Monday business, the board:

  • Approved the final dish of Portview, a former beach resort (Portview) founded 99 years ago and closed almost 50 years ago. The property comprises 61 acres between County Road 107 and Margaret Lake. The applicant is the McClintick family, which includes the wife of council member Doug Miller, Mary, so he abstained from voting.

  • I have learned that the city is working with Nisswa on final engineering services for the Widseth Engineering Company to complete the Gull Lake Trail in both cities, with construction scheduled for 2022.

  • Approved a proposal from Ehlers & Associates for a long-term financial management plan and a sewer rate study with amended fees of $ 500 ($ 250 each for the financial management plan and for the rate study sewer because the company’s rates have increased since the plan was submitted to the city in June) for a total cost of no more than $ 11,000.

  • I have learned that the city’s financial audit will take place on Tuesday January 12, 2021.

Nancy Vogt can be reached at 218-855-5877 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

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