Kasson City Council approves levy

Created: December 11, 2019 10:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Kasson City Council approved the final 2019 tax levy, which is collectible in 2020. It’s down about six percent from the levy proposed in September.
The preliminary levy proposed earlier this year was nearly a 14 percent increase over last year’s levy. To cut that down, the council had to deny some personnel requests. 
The Kasson Police Department requested funding for two new full-time officers. That accounted for about 5.5 percent of the preliminary levy. Council decided to deny that request, for now, saying they need more information about the holes in the police department’s coverage before they raise the levy that significantly.
They did, however, approve a different personnel request. 
"We did leave in as of now the increase from a part-time to a full-time position in the Public Works which is an increase of about $11,000 to the levy,” said Mayor Chris McKern. 
The position would focus on streets and storms. The Public Works Department has had trouble keeping up with maintenance, telling council they haven’t been able to address all storm damage caused by flooding this summer. 
The final levy approved by the council is an eight percent increase over last year. Kasson resident Gene Soland said that’s still too much. 
"When you spend money you're taking it out of the pockets of people in the city. You better remember that because it hurts a lot of people,” he said.
The city levy is just one of many factors that affect property taxes. 
Levies put forward by the school district and county as well as the estimated market value of a home all make a difference when it comes to property taxes. 


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