Lake Shore: Property owners will see a 9.47% hike in city property taxes – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

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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 tax levy of $1,402,716 for 2021.

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

Lake Shore: Tax levy up 9.47% for 2021

The tax increase is related to operational costs in the following areas:

  • $10,500 for a long-term financial and sewer rate study by Ehlers & Associates.

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

  • Pine River Area Health District (sewer) increase of 0.6%.

  • 2.4% increase for audit.

  • $4,500 for liability insurance.

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

  • Increase of $4,000 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 as follows: mayor, $350 to $400; council members, $250 to $300; members of the planning commission, $35 to $125; and other committee members, $20 to $50.

No one in the audience asked about the budget or the fee. City Administrator Teri Hastings was at City Hall while council members participated online via Zoom.

Incoming 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 many things — certainly a visionary. You’ve helped the city plan for the future. You’ve tackled many projects to help us plan for the future,” Knudsen said, noting Egan’s work on city ​​hall, broadband and sewers, as well as calling in outside resources when council members were unable 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’ve 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. Traffic activity included 22 warnings and two citations. The miscellaneous calls included eight suspicious activities, one structure fire and two property damage complaints. Lake Shore Police assisted other agencies twice.

In other business on Monday, the council:

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

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

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

  • I 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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