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 19 13th Avenue North
 Waite Park, MN 56387

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March 21, 2022 at 5:00PM


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The Ledge Update

City staff would like to provide the City Council with an update on the events planned at the Ledge for the upcoming season.  An update will also be provided on the Phase II bonding request.  Staff would also like to discuss sponsorship proposals and get the Council's direction on these proposed agreements.


Update on Strategic Plan

City staff have been working with Strategic Planning Committee and the consultants on the Strategic Plan.  Staff would like to provide the Council an update on the progress that has been made, as well as the plans for our large group planning event planned for April 19-22nd.  


Ag/Rural Residential Tax Rate Discussion

The City has established rural tax codes allowing property owners to remain on a lower tax rate when they have been annexed into city limits.  This has provided property owners with the ability to not see large increases in taxes when annexation has occurred.  The rural tax rates start at the same rate as what the Township tax rate was at the time of annexation.  The tax rates then increase/decrease at the same percentage rate as the city's tax rate annually.  The city council every September approves this rate increase or decrease based on the previous year's tax increase or decrease.  Properties have been allowed to stay on the rural tax rate that has been established until such time that the property develops.  Triggers have included platting and water and sewer connections.  Staff would like to discuss this with the city council as there have been some examples of smaller lot splits that are technically considered platting but not necessarily done for development purposes.  Staff would like some direction on how these types of requests should be handled when considering the tax rates.


Proposed Amendments to Fire Ordinance

Staff is proposing to amend the Fire Ordinance to allow for our Ordinance to be updated consistently with the State Fire Code.  Our current Ordinance specifies the applicable year which is not consistent with what is in place at the State level creating some confusion with what version to enforce.  Staff would like to discuss the impacts of these changes with the Council and will be bringing this item forward for consideration at a future city council meeting.