For several years the Blaine City Council has directed staff to keep the city tax rate stable. As staff and the City Council worked on developing the 2021 budget it became clear that there would be an opportunity to lower the tax rate. The tax rate for 2021 is a full one percent lower than 2020.
Blaine continues to have the lowest tax rate in Anoka County for a full service city. Additionally, Blaine has the lowest combined city utility rates when compared to surrounding cities and similar sized cities across the metro area.
The tax rate is just one factor in calculating a tax bill and with property values rising many property owners will see their tax bills rise to reflect the new higher value of their property. Home values are determined by the Anoka County Assessor’s Office.
Budget Creation and Approval Schedule
February 2020 - The 2021 budget process was discussed with the Blaine City Council at the winter council retreat.
Spring 2020 - Department heads and managers submitted 2021 budgets and requests for review.
May 2020 - A 2021 budget update was presented to Blaine City Council at the spring council retreat.
Spring/Summer - Budget review meetings were held with all city departments.
Summer 2020 - The finance department conducted the initial review of 2021 budget requests.
Summer 2020 - The city manager reviewed budget requests and determines decision packages for City Council review.
Summer/Fall 2020 - Staff and the Blaine City Council reviewed the 2021 capital improvement fund budget.
9/9/2020 - The preliminary general fund budget and tax levy were presented by the finance director at a City Council workshop meeting.
9/21/2020 - The Blaine City Council certified the preliminary general fund budget and tax levy for fiscal year 2021. Opens a New Window.
9 Opens a New Window. 9/30/2020 - Deadline for certification of the 2021 tax levy with Anoka County for Truth in Taxation purposes.
Fall 2020 - The Blaine City Council reviewed all enterprise fund budgets and special revenue fund budgets. These are budgets that are not funded by property taxes. Many of these funds receive revenues from fees for services. These budgets are presented to the City Council at a workshop meeting. The Council is able to provide feedback and then the budgets are brought to a council meeting for approval.
- Charitable Gambling Fund
- Communications Fund
- Facilities Management Fund
- Sewer Utility Fund
- Storm Drainage Fund
- Water Utility Fund
October 2020 - The City Council reviewed and provided feedback on the budget and tax level at the fall council retreat.
November 2020 - Truth in Taxation statements were delivered to property owners. This is the statement of estimated taxes owed in 2021. The tax estimate is based on an assessed property value and the tax levies of the City of Blaine, Anoka County, school districts, and other taxing jurisdictions.
12/14/2020 - The Truth in Taxation hearing Opens a New Window. was held on Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance staff presented information about the general fund budget and tax levy. Public comment was taken prior to the meeting by email or phone and during the meeting through the Zoom platform.
12/21/2020 - The Blaine City Council held a second public hearing for the tax levy and general fund budget. After the public hearing the City Council adopted the final 2021 tax levy and general fund budget. The final levy was reduced by $200,000 since the preliminary levy was certified in September.
If you would like more information on the city budget please contact Blaine Finance Director Joe Huss at 763-717-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Tax Levy and General Fund Budget
On December 21, 2020 the Blaine City Council adopted the tax levy and general fund budget for 2021. Additional 2021 budgets were adopted earlier in 2020, to see all adopted budgets please view the timeline above.
2021 City of Blaine Tax Levy: $33,485,000
2021 General Fund Budget: $35,976,800