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Posted on: November 14, 2023

Public meeting Dec. 7 for preliminary levy, proposed budget for 2024

Truth in Taxation information for property owners

Washington County property owners will have received their property tax notices in the mail.

Those notices state the amount of proposed property taxes payable to Washington County, cities or townships, school districts, and other taxing districts in the county.

The statement reflects the proposed budgets for these entities for 2024. The Washington County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public meeting on the county’s proposed 2024 budget and levy at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Board Room of the Government Center, 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082.

The board set a preliminary property tax levy to support the proposed 2024 county budget  at the Sept. 12 County Board Meeting, and adopted a proposed budget for next year. After receiving public comment Dec. 7, the board will adopt a final 2024 budget and property tax levy for 2024 Dec. 12.

The board will also adopt the county’s five-year capital improvement plan.

More information on property taxes may be found on the county website.

The certified proposed property tax levy payable in 2024 is $132,715,000. The preliminary levy is an increase of 3.95% over 2023. The combination of an increase in the commercial property values in the county, the addition of new construction to the county's tax base, and a moderate increase in the levy would result in the county tax rate being reduced by an estimated 7.3% if the levy is adopted.

It is anticipated that under the recommended budget, the owner of a median-valued home in the county, which is valued at $417,000, and which had an 8.1% value increase from 2023 to 2024, would see a $8 or 1% increase in the county portion of property taxes payable in 2024.

The board also adopted a proposed budget for 2024, with expenditures of:

  • $289,427,300 in operating expenses.
  • $59,236,100 in capital projects.
  • $15,346,300 in debt service.

The proposed budget was first presented to the County Board in a livestreamed workshop Aug. 1. Additional workshops with individual departments occurred throughout August and September. View archived livestreamed meetings. Budget documents presented at the workshops may be found on the county website, also.

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