The Woodbury City Council raised the tax levy 4.8 percent at its annual Truth in Taxation meeting Dec. 12.
The levy, which was approved 4-1, is up from the 3.8 percent increase approved in 2018.
City Administrator Clint Gridley attributed this 1 percent increase to the construction of the East Metro Public Safety Training Facility, formerly known as the HERO Center. The facility broke ground in October and is being developed in conjunction with the state and the city of Cottage Grove.
Residents with property at the city’s median home value of $312,600 can expect about a $27 tax increase.
The approved levy is down from the 5.2 percent increase that was proposed in September.
Along with the levy, City Council approved a $92.8 million budget for 2019, an increase of about $5.8 million since its first proposal in September.
Finance Director Tim Johnson attributed “90 percent” of the increase to a change in scope of upcoming street reconstruction projects.
Gridley said other budget drivers this year are employee wages and benefits, providing services for a growing population, street reconstruction, rising inflation, and pressures on utility cost rates.
The city’s general fund will total $35.7 million in 2019, with property taxes contributing more than $25 million.
The 2019 full-time staffing plan calls for the addition of an IT software analyst, a crime data analyst, a police officer and an engineer. A streets manager position was eliminated.
There are plans to add one paramedic next year, though it will be paid for with ambulance fees and did not affect the 2019 tax levy.
There will be a 5.5 percent increase in the street reconstruction levy as recommended by the Street Major Maintenance Task Force. This is an ongoing project that is part of the Capital Improvement Plan.
The city has rehabilitated 84 miles of roadway since 2014, Gridley said.