Big Tax Cuts for Small City in Anoka County | News
City leaders in Oak Grove hope their cost savings and tax cuts are a blueprint for other Minnesota cities to copy.
Oak Grove City Hall is cutting $600,000 from its budget and reducing the city's portion of its property taxes by 18-percent.
One city council member told 5 EYEWITNESS News that the city eliminated the city manager's position and it is now being done by the planning director for a savings of $140,000. The city finance director's job is eliminated and a private company does it now for a savings of nearly $90,000.
And, the city re-negotiated its contract with the Anoka County Sheriff's Department and saved another $150,000. Also, city employees get health, dental and disability insurance paid by the city 100-percent. That is being cut significantly and it will save tens of thousands of dollars for the city.
The city council and mayor are expected to finalize the budget at the end of the month, and starting next year, the city's portion of property taxes will go down 18-percent.