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					Truth In Taxation
December 4, 2008

Welcome
• Questions on assessed value? • Market values shown on your Truth In Taxation notice are final and are NOT a subject for the hearing tonight. • Values for the 2008 assessment (taxes payable in 2009) were discussed and established at the local Boards of Review and the County Board of Equalization held earlier this year. • The Assessment Cycle: October 2006 → September 2007 to set 2008 value for payable 2009

The purpose of this hearing is…
1. To explain the proposed budget and proposed tax levy for 2009.

2. Obtain public feedback on the proposed County budget.

Budget Development Timeline
 April  August  Sept.  October  Nov.  Dec.

County officials begin work on budget. Budget work session Proposed budget is announced. Budget work session Truth-in-Taxation notices mailed. Budget work session Truth-in-Taxation meeting; 2009 budget is adopted on Dec.16.

Ongoing Opportunities for Citizen Input
• Participation on citizen committees • County website • County Board meetings • “Write Now” citizen surveys • “County Communicator” citizen newsletter • Open houses, informational meetings and annual County Fair Booth

Truth-In-Taxation Statement
• Levy Authorities
• • • • Blue Earth County Cities or Townships School Districts Region Nine Development Commission

• Taxable market value for taxes payable in 2008 and 2009. • Meetings for school districts, townships and cities are held at other times.

Property Tax Refunds
• Minnesota has two property tax refunds: –regular refund –special property tax refund • You may be eligible for one or both, depending on your income and the size of your property tax bill.

Budget “Fast Facts”
• A significant portion of the County's budget is used to provide programs and services mandated by the state or federal governments. • Blue Earth County's proposed 2009 tax levy is a 8.74% increase from 2008.

2009 Revenue $71,271,637
Fees for Services, $8,439,413 , 12% Other Revenue, $5,827,814 , 8%

State & Federal Revenue, $29,410,813 , 41%

Property Tax Levy, $27,593,597 , 39%

Priority Areas
• Public safety (including probation, prosecution, jail staffing and dispatch) • Core human services (including mental health and child protective services) • Transportation Improvements

• Technology

Jurisdiction Comparisons of Proposed Levy – Region 9 Counties
Blue Earth Brown Faribault Le Sueur Martin Nicollet Sibley Waseca Watonwan 0 2 4
4.56 4.35 5.44 6.19 7.97 9.9 6.19 7.57 8.74

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8

10

Percent Increase

2009 Special Levies Approved
• • • • • Increases in Matching Fund Requirements Economic Development Tax Abatements PERA Employer Contribution Rate Increases Operating or Maintenance Cost of a County Jail Human Service Costs due to Reduced Federal Grants • Wages and Benefits of Sheriff, Police and Fire

2009 Expenditures $80,472,766
Ditch , $1,860,000, 2% Human Services, $23,564,497 , 29% General Fund, $20,961,344 , 26%

Building & Capital, $15,790,631 , 20%

Public Works, $18,296,294 , 23%

* Includes Economic Development

Impact of 8.74% Levy Increase on County Portion of the Tax Dollar
TYPE OF PROPERTY Residential Homestead ASSESSOR’S MARKET VALUE 100,000 150,000 200,000 300,000 100,000 250,000 400,000 600,000 100,000 250,000 500,000 1,000,000 *ANNUAL COST INCREASE $7 $11 $15 $22 $6 $14 $21 $31 $11 $32 $69 $144

Agricultural Homestead

Commercial/Indust.

* Assumes valuation stays constant

2009 Expenditures Detail $80,472,766
Debt Service, $2,983,503 , 4% Personal Services, $28,255,661 , 35% Contractual Services, $19,663,625 , 24%

Supplies, $2,347,180 , 3%

Public Aid Assistance, $10,213,366 , 13%

Other Expenditures, $17,009,431 , 21%

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
• The 2009 average tax on a $150,000 home is $52/month, which is comparable to:
• Monthly cell phone bill • Monthly cable television • Monthly family gym membership

• The following are projected estimates for all services provided to Blue Earth County residents in 2008...

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Taxpayer Services
• 7,000 physical property assessments • 12,791 documents recorded and/or processed • 72,000 vital statistics, drivers license, passport, DNR and motor vehicle transactions • 3,044 passport applications

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Taxpayer Services
• 12,000 voter registrations processed • 2,225 absentee ballots processed • 4,450 mail ballots processed • 495 election judges trained in Blue Earth County • Conducted all election administration for the city of Mankato for 17 polling places

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Public Works
• 47 miles of road resurfacing and seal coats • 8 miles of new road construction • 732 miles of road maintenance • 5 bridges replaced, 1 new bridge • 15 County Parks • 7,000 camping nights in BEC parks • 650 canoe and boat rentals • 743 acres of wetland and conservation land in the park system

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Environmental Services
• 76,000 tons of materials recycled • 125 feedlot inspections • 190 wells and septic systems inspected • 60 wells sealed • 180 building permits issued • 115 tons of hazardous waste collected • 32,000 tons of solid waste accepted at landfill

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Law Enforcement
• • • • • • 44,722 answered 911 calls 81,840 jail bed days 2,244 prisoner transports 2,140 processed individuals 3,813 traffic stops 1,089 assists to Blue Earth County Cities

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Human Services
• 216 child protection investigations

• 332 out-of-home placements for children
• 9,916 foster care days • 141 sexual violence reports resulting in services

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Human Services
• 38,490 hours of case management for adults and children with mental illness and/or physical disabilities • 10,470 therapy hours • $6.8 million in child support collected

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Library
• 24,500 card holders • 470,000 materials checked out • 215 children’s story times & programs • 3,000 hours open to the public • 9 adult programs • 35 public computer terminals

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Veterans
• $7.1 million administered in Federal benefits • $3.75 million administered in health care benefits • 126 trips to the VA Medical Center • 795 Veterans transported for health care to VA Medical Center

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
County Attorney
• 808 juvenile delinquency cases • 808 adult felony cases • 334 paternity and nonsupport cases • 211 civil cases • 52 child protection cases • 73 paternity cases

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Community Corrections
• 8,385 community service crew hours worked • 8,205 total days of electronic home monitoring for offenders • 1,716 offenders on probation, supervised release and parole • 618 investigative reports on criminals for courts

What did I get for my tax dollar in 2008?
Community Corrections
• 2,174 days of youth house arrest • 100 youth involved in diversion programs • 41 offenders in drug court • 28 youth involved in truancy court

Citizen Survey
 Please fill out a survey before you leave tonight.
 Thank you

Questions and Answers

Please come to the podium and give your name and address.

Thank You for Attending
• Please contact staff or commissioners if you have other questions or concerns


				
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