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Your city taxes might increase by 3 percent next year

It’s that time of year again for the City of Woodbury — budget season. 

With an eye toward introducing a preliminary 2016 budget and tax levy at the Sept. 16 Woodbury City Council meeting, city staff is working on determining Woodbury’s needs next year, and how to pay for those needs.

City Administrator Clint Gridley introduced his 2016 preliminary property tax parameters in a July 22 workshop. By his early estimates, Gridley sees a possible 3.33 percent increase in the property tax levy for the proposed 2016 budget. 

The average annual levy increase since 1996 is 8.73 percent, with the highest (29.03 percent) coming in 2002, and the lowest (no increase) in 2012. For 2015, Woodbury experienced a 2.83 percent increase in the annual tax levy. 

According to Gridley, the 3.33 percent increase would equate to a tax increase of about $28 on an average value home in Woodbury. That’s down by $19 from last year’s increase, he said.

By comparison, Stillwater is presenting a 3.5 percent increase to its tax levy, and Cottage Grove is going to present a 6 percent increase. 

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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