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Published September 07, 2011, 07:20 PM

EGF City Council Wants Property Tax Hike

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The East Grand Forks City Council wants to increase city revenue by five percent next year.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The East Grand Forks City Council wants to increase city revenue by five percent next year.

The increase could mean more property taxes for you in order to keep city services running.

Right now, the increase is going to mean about $80 more per year for someone who lives in a $100,000. The extra property taxes will help the city make capital improvements.

The total budget for next year is shaping up to be nearly $27 million. $8.5 million of that will be in the general fund budget.

Approving this budget puts a cap on increases, and the council can always go back and make decreases to the property tax hike.

City Administrator Scott Huizenga says the state legislature and its cuts to local government aid is what is putting the hurt on your wallets.

"I really call this a state property tax increase. By the changes they made this year, that is directly affecting property owners in this city," Huizenga said.

The final budget is due in December.

Huizenga says the city really wants to focus on street maintenance. There are a few things the city has been putting off fixing. He also says some of the money will go to replacing equipment at the fire station.

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