by Heather Reinhart
The Zimmerman City County approved the 2018 preliminary levy after discussion of four possible options and their tax implications to property owners.
The levy has remained the same for the past two years and this year, the options ranged from a third year of no change up to an additional $150,000 to be levied and committed for future road improvements. Under this option, the budget would go up by 10 percent over 2017.
In the end, the City Council opted to keep the tax increase under $100 for the year and unanimously voted for Option 3 during Monday’s council meeting. This option levies an additional $100,000 for road improvements. Under this option, the budget is proposed to increase from $2,502,674 in 2017 to $2,695,024, which is a 7.6 percent increase. The total levy is proposed to increase from $1,494,000 to $1,594,000, which is a 6.6 percent increase.
With this decision, the levy will add $42 a year to a property valued at $150,000 and $77 a year to a property valued at $300,000. Money earned through the levy will be earmarked for future road construction.
The proposed preliminary general fund levy for taxes collectible in 2018 are as follows: general fund, $1,488,000; debt service, $69,000; capital expenditures, $37,000; for a total levy amount of $1,594,000 upon taxable property in the city of Zimmerman. Changes may be made through the months of October and November 2017 prior to the final adoption of the budget and levy in December. The levy amount may go down during that time but may not go up.
The City Council also set the public comment meeting for the budget and levy for Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.