County Administrator releases recommended budget

Carver County Administrator David Hemze released a 2013 Budget recommendation that relies on budget cuts and holding the line on spending to decrease the amount of County taxes on an average-value home.

The recommended 2013 Budget follows the direction given by the County Board of Commissioners to reduce the tax impact on the average-value home, which in 2013 is valued at $252,000. This is the eighth-year in a row the budget calls for cutting the County’s portion of property taxes for homeowners in this manner.

The $88.5 million budget proposal includes a $45.6 million property tax levy, which is a 1.9 percent increase over the 2012 levy. However, the levy increase captures only the new construction tax base to fund capital projects.

“We estimate maintaining the same level of services in 2013 will cost an additional $500,000 in increased operating costs,” Hemze said. “The proposed budget offsets that additional cost through a combination of budget cuts and new revenue.”

Hemze said the recommended 2013 Budget is nearly $9 million less than the 2012 Budget due mainly to a decrease in capital outlay expenditures from approximately $21 million to $12 million. This decrease reflects the completion of 2012 Road and Bridge projects that were funded by one-time turnback funds from the state, federal grants, and unspent funds from a 2008 bond issue.

A Public Hearing for the 2013 budget has been set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Carver County Board Room located in the Government Center in Chaska.  The final property tax levy and budget is expected to be adopted at the County Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, along with the 2014 Long-Term Financial Plan.  The County uses the Long-Term Financial Plan along with the Annual Budget to connect financial strategies to the County’s short and long-term strategic goals and objectives.

If you have questions about the County’s 2013 tax levy and budget or 2014 Long-Term Financial Plan, please contact the County’s Financial Services Division Director David Frischmon at 952-361-1506. Information is also available on the County’s Financial Services Division page at www.co.carver.mn.us/department/finance/index.asp.

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