Ramsey County budget drops, but taxes still increase

Ramsey County commissioners voted Wednesday on a 2012 budget that’s 2.7 percent lower than this year; but the math is never simple and it turns out that taxpayers will still pay more in property taxes next year.

The overall levy is going up 1.7 percent, because state and federal aid has decreased, commissioners said.

To make us feel better, county officials said in a statement:

Property taxes paid for only 36 percent of the County’s budget in 2000, but will pay for 46.5 percent in 2012 and 47.1 percent in 2013. The proposed 2012 levy represents the lowest annual levy increase in Ramsey County since 2000. The levy for the Regional Railroad Authority will not increase, and no levy is proposed for the Housing & Redevelopment Authority.

And taking a jab at state lawmakers, who used a convoluted array of ways to balance the state budget after a shutdown, Commissioner Tony Bennett said:

“We have accomplished these budget savings without one-time shifts or gimmicks. Ramsey County continues to live within its means.”

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