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2015 Budget and Levy Hearing FAQs
On Dec. 1, about 65 citizens attended the public hearing on Ramsey County's proposed 2015 budget and levy. The Board of Commissioners has maintaned a 0% increase in the county levy for the second year in a row. However, many homeowners have seen property tax increases coresponding with rebounding residential values as outlined in this Pioneer Press article. The Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence recently published "Understanding Your Property Tax Changes: Know Why Your Tax Bill is Changing... And What is Repsonsible." This step-by-step guide explains how to understand your statement and the reasons your property tax is changing.
A number of the questions and comments at the public hearing related to how property values are determined. WCCO recently put this same "Good Question" to Ramsey County Assessor Stephen Baker in this edition of the segment.
Ramsey County Board Outlines Next Steps on Economic Prosperity Efforts
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has outlined next steps in a bold strategic plan to cultivate economic prosperity and eliminate concentrated poverty, following a year of data-driven analysis and research, staff workshops, and community discussions. The strategic plan addresses structures, processes and programs across all county departments in a holistic attempt to provide opportunities for greater prosperity for all residents.
To learn more, visit www.rcprosperity.org.
Courthouse Tours Available
Guided tours of the Ramsey Courthouse and St. Paul City Hall are open to the public every Monday except holidays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Tours will be held on Tuesdays following holidays. Meet in front of Vision of Peace Statue on the first floor.
Courthouse Tours include (as time permits):
- Building history
- Memorial Hall
- Vision of Peace statue
- Artwork of elevator doors
- Mayor’s Office
- Council Chambers
- Law Library
- Lower Level and tunnel with view of river
In addition, more in-depth tours of the building are available by appointment. Contact Debbie Erickson, (651) 266-8002.