City council to consider preliminary tax levy on Monday

The Worthington City Council will consider during its Monday evening meeting a resolution approving the city's proposed tax levy for 2023.

The city's preliminary levy amount is $6,646,866, which breaks down into an operating levy of $5,620,093 and special tax levies of $1,026,773. The proposed levy represents a 17.0% increase over 2022. The proposed levy is an amount not to exceed and may be lowered, but not raised for the final levy certification in December.

Also to be considered by council is the Housing and Redevelopment Authority's 2023 proposed levy of $151,000, an increase of $6,000 over 2022. Council members will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss the final 2023 budget and levy. A Truth-in-Taxation Hearing will be held at this time, where public input will be taken prior to adoption.

In another agenda item scheduled for Monday, the council will consider approval of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of real property parcels that are the site of the long-closed Butcher Lakeshore Service. The agreed-upon purchase price is $380,000.

In other business, the council will be asked to approve a resolution requesting review of the Minnesota Department of Transportation Study performed last month along Crailsheim Road. The resolution notes that study was conducted prior to classes being held at the Worthington Middle School, Intermediate School, Alternative Learning Center, gymnastics facility, Community Education facility and Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Performing a speed study at that time, the resolution notes, failed to adequately represent actual traffic and pedestrian patterns that are present during school and activity hours.

Among the other business items is a proposed lease agreement for the Worthington Ice Arena.

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