The City Council has approved a $62.9 million preliminary budget for 2021. The preliminary budget calls for the city to hold the line on spending and increases Roseville’s budget just over 1% compared to 2020.
The preliminary budget continues to fund all existing city programs and services and covers inflationary costs for staff and equipment and the addition of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager and public safety personnel.
The outcome of the limited spending increase combined with commercial property values outpacing residential values in 2021 will result in many of the city’s residential property owners seeing a small decrease in the city portion of their 2021 tax bill.
The combined commercial and residential property tax levy approved by the City Council will generate approximately $23.8 million in revenue or 38 percent of the city’s 2021 budget. The remaining balance of the budget is paid for from fees for services and user charges, intergovernmental transfers and other sources such as investments, assessments and franchise fees.
The impact on residents will vary depending on a property’s value and change in value compared to 2020. For the median-valued Roseville home, valued at $280,600, the preliminary levy calls for a slight decrease in residential property taxes of about $1.45 per month
The City Council also adopted a preliminary tax levy of $453,670 on behalf of the Roseville Economic Development Authority (REDA). The adopted total is a decrease of about $10,000 compared to 2020 and will result in an additional small reduction in the property taxes paid on a median-valued Roseville home.
State statute requires cities to adopt a preliminary tax levy and budget by September 30 for the upcoming fiscal year. Once the preliminary levy is adopted it can be lowered, but not increased.
Additional upcoming meetings featuring budget items include a review of proposed 2021 utility rates on November 9 and the final 2021 budget (truth-in-taxation) hearing on November 23. The City Council will vote on Roseville’s final 2021 budget, tax levy and utility rates on December 9.
The City Council encourages residents to take part in future meetings and participate in the budget process. The Council has not made a decision on when it will regather for in-person meetings and continues to meet virtually via the Zoom webinar platform. Residents can register to virtually attend a city meeting by going to www.cityofroseville.com/attendmeeting.
City Council agendas, meeting packets and meeting minutes are available at www.cityofroseville.com/agendacenter. Meetings are aired live on Roseville Cable Channel 16 and available live and on-demand at www.cityofroseville.com/webstreaming.
For more information about Roseville’s 2021 budget process, please visit www.cityofroseville.com/budgetinfo.