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Dave Olson, Published December 15 2009

Moorhead City Council OKs tax increase

The Moorhead City Council Monday approved a 2010 budget of $60.5 million, along with a $7.4 million tax levy that is 7.6 percent higher than the previous levy.

Because of growth in the tax base, the city portion of individual property taxes will not reflect a commensurate percentage increase.

Instead, the increase in city taxes on a home valued at $137,800 will be $9 – not the $39 calculated in September, when growth had yet to be factored in.

When all taxing jurisdictions are considered, including the School District and county, the total 2010 property tax bill for a $137,800 home is expected to be $107 less than it was in 2009.

In other business, the council said goodbye to three members – John Rowell, Lauri Winterfeldt and Dan Bohmer – all of whom attended their final council meeting Monday.

Rowell and Winterfeldt, who have served on the board for 12 and eight years, respectively, were defeated in their bids for re-election in November.

Bohmer, who has served on the council for four years, did not run for re-election.

Rowell prompted laughter when Mayor Mark Voxland indicated he should stand to the mayor’s left to receive a gift of a watercolor.

Rowell, who has been called a liberal by at least one other member of the council, replied that he’s always been on the left.

Also Monday, the council ratified recommendations made by the Metro Flood Management Committee, which has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pursue a permanent flood protection plan that would protect against a 500-year flood.

Other flood management committee recommendations endorsed by the city council Monday include dropping levee protection as an option to be studied and instead have the corps focus on three options:


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