Ramsey County lowers spending, but tax levy inches up

The Ramsey County Board approved a maximum tax levy that’s 1.7 percent higher than last year, even though the proposed county budget calls for a 2.6 percent decrease in spending.

The higher levy — which can still be lowered, but not raised, by mid-December — is necessary because of state and federal aid cuts, officials said.

“We take very seriously our responsibility to Ramsey County taxpayers to provide essential services in a cost-effective manner,” said Ramsey County Board Chair Victoria Reinhardt in a statement.

The county will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m., at the Roseville Area High School. Then the board will approve a final 2012-13 budget and 2012 tax levy at its regular meeting Dec. 13.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by frank watson on 09/13/2011 - 03:17 pm.

    “We take very seriously our responsibility to Ramsey County taxpayers to provide essential services in a cost-effective manner,” said Ramsey County Board Chair Victoria Reinhardt in a statement….Oh please, Like trying to force the Ramsey county taxpayer to fund Zygi’s Stadium. What kind of breaks do you think Zygi will give the small business that would like to develop around the stadium. He has played the Ramsey County board for complete fools. Is the public the only ones to see this? Is the board that blind and out of of touch? Thanks for nothing.

  2. Submitted by Ott Lukk on 09/13/2011 - 09:40 pm.

    There are two individuals on the Ramsey County board who have been sucked in by the siren sounds of Mr. Zwilf. Where are the voices of the other members of the board? Why aren’t they expressing their opinions and being quoted in the StarTribune? Why aren’t they commenting on one Minnesota Viking employee getting a $100 million contract over seven years, and the fact that their constiuents will be paying 1/3 of that employee’s compensation, if this dubious money grab succeeds? Why are the other board members so silent? Ott Lukk

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