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Dec 06

Proposed 2023 Budget & Property Tax Levy

Posted to City Spotlight on December 6, 2022 at 11:09 AM by Haley Foster

The proposed 2023 budget and property tax levy will be presented at a public hearing on December 12, 2022. It will begin with a short presentation followed by an opportunity for residents and property owners to comment and ask questions about the 2023 tax levy and budget. The public hearing is part of the regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at the Monticello Community Center.2023 Tax Levy Graph

The proposed city levy of $12,050,000 represents a 6.1% increase (or $697,000) over the 2022 city levy. The HRA levy for 2023 is proposed at $402,000, or $14,000 (3.6%) more than 2022. The total combined levy amount is $12,452,000 or a 6.1% increase.

The impact of the proposed levy on individual properties was listed in the Truth-in-Taxation (TNT) notices sent by Wright County in November. Your notice shows changes to the levies, your property value, homestead exclusion, and any other changes to the tax base. New for the 2023 taxes payable year, local governments are required to report summary budget information with the TNT notices. Wright County compiled information from the County, City, and School District to include in a one-page insert. There’s a lot of information in a limited space, so property owners are encouraged to reach out to the appropriate jurisdiction with any questions on the summary information. Please note, the 2023 proposed budget information will not be final because we continue to refine it until the final budget is approved on December 12, 2022.

This year residential market values increased by an average of 20% over the prior year. As a result, residential taxpayers should expect to see an increase in their city property taxes that exceeds the percentage increase in the levy. City Council held several budget workshops over the summer of 2022 to discuss the city’s projected costs in light of the current economic environment and weighed budgetary needs with the associated tax burden on property owners in the community.Property Taxes at Work in our Community

What are my Property Taxes used for?

 The property tax levy is used in four ways. About 1/3 of the funds are used to make the City’s debt payments, fund capital projects, and support the Monticello Community Center. The remainder of the levy is put into the General Fund.

The General Fund pays for city services like public safety, including the Fire Department and contract with Wright County Sheriff’s Office; snow and ice removal; and funding city departments like finance, planning and zoning, parks and recreation, and parts of public works. Overall, the tax levy helps us fund larger projects over time as well as complete our day-to-day operations on behalf of the public.

Nov 18

Press Release: City Council Appoints Lee Martie to Vacant Seat

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on November 18, 2022 at 4:25 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           November 18, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 | Rachel.Leonard@ci.monticello.mn.us


City Council Appoints Lee Martie to Vacant Seat

 

Monticello, MN – The Monticello City Council has voted on its newest member! At the regular meeting on Monday, November 14, the City Council appointed Lee Martie to fill the current vacant seat. Martie will serve the remainder of Jim Davidson’s term. Mr. Davidson resigned from the City Council in October due to relocation.

Martie was a City Council candidate in the most recent election, and he was also a finalist to fill a vacant seat on the Council in February 2021. He will be sworn in at the next City Council meeting on November 28, and his term will expire on December 31, 2024.

Martie is a long-time Monticello resident and a graduate of Monticello High school. After leaving briefly for college and law school, he returned to the community as he started his career as an attorney.

Please join us in welcoming Lee to the City Council!

Jun 06

Press Release: Monticello Updates Recreational Motor Vehicle Ordinance - May 26, 2022

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on June 6, 2022 at 11:39 AM by Haley Foster

DATE:           May 26, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 | rachel.leonard@ci.monticello.mn.us


Monticello Updates Recreational Motor Vehicle Ordinance

On Monday, May 23 City Council adopted an update to the City’s Recreational Motor Vehicle ordinance. The changes include increased opportunities for use of recreational vehicles within the city as well as a new permitting system for Class 1 ATVs, Class 2 ATVs, and golf carts. The new permits cost $25 for three years. Applications for permitting will be available June 1 in City Hall. Upon registration, residents will be given a sticker that must be displayed on their vehicles.

ATV Golf Cart MapOnce permitted, Class 1 ATVs and golf-carts will be allowed to operate on designated city streets. Approved streets are those classified as local, are under Monticello’s jurisdiction, and have a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Carts and Class 1 ATVs are not permitted to travel down County, State, or roads built with State-Aid funds. The City of Monticello Class 1 ATV/Golf Cart Street Map showing approved areas will be available at City Hall as well as on the City’s website

Class 2 ATVs (UTVs) will continue to be allowed to operate per state statute.

When considering the ordinance changes, City staff worked with Wright County Sheriff’s Office to prioritize public safety while expanding the use of recreational vehicles in the community. Documentation, like the displayable stickers, and a permitting system will provide WCSO officers with a visual aid when monitoring ATVs and golf carts in our community. 

Additionally, motorized foot scooters, segways or electric personal assistive mobility devices, and electric assisted bicycles (1,000 watts or less) were added to the ordinance and may be operated within the City of Monticello per the state statute.

“We’re trying to really allow people to recreate in the community in a way that hasn’t been previously allowed, and this is a way to do it in a safe manner. We have a vibrant community with various busy roadways; we want to be responsible and keep safety at the forefront in now allowing the use of recreational vehicles,” said City Clerk Jennifer Schreiber.

Please review the City’s Ordinance for additional information and further clarification.

ATV Ordinance Infographic