County Board Approves 2019 Tax Levy
CHASKA, MINN. — Carver County Commissioners approved, by a 5-0 vote, a 4.9 percent levy increase in support of the County’s 2019 Budget at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
“One of our most significant challenges with this budget is addressing significant societal impacts related to child protection, foster care and family aid, which is compounded by State cost shifts in these same areas,” County Administrator David Hemze said. He noted the 2019 Budget increased by $581,000 for these mandated services. The 2019 budget of $147 million increased $23 million from 2018. The primary driver is a $19.6 million increase for road and bridge capital improvements. Federal and State dollars will offset some of the improvement costs, along with County sales and wheelage taxes. The levy increase will fund the remaining gap. The Board set the 2019 County tax levy at $56.3 million, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to the 2018 levy of $53.6 million.
The average value of a single-family home in Carver County is $336,900 which is a six percent increase compared to last year. By capturing the tax base increase from new construction, the 2019 county tax on an average-value home increases by $44 (3.8 percent) compared to 2018.
“The prudent decisions included within this budget supports the County’s history of providing an excellent level of service to our taxpayers while continuing our fiscal stability and maintaining our AAA bond rating,” Hemze said.
The final vote was a culmination of budget process that started in May which included three informal work sessions, a public hearing, and two formal board meetings.