The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Sept. 9, approved the 2020 preliminary tax levy at $4,306,139, a 9% increase from this year.

The proposed levy increase is attributed to the capital improvement project bonds issued last month for construction of the new city hall and police department and remodel of the current city hall into a new fire hall. Total debt service levy is $840,278, which includes $270,483 for the CIP bonds.

Council members will certify the final levy at their regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

On a related note, Mayor Dave Nevin announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the new city hall and police department will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the building site. He also noted that burning at the construction site would begin this week, so residents may notice the smoke and work at the property.

Crosslake Police Department responded to 228 calls in August, including 55 traffic warnings, six traffic citations and two traffic arrests. They responded to 76 calls in Mission Township in August, including 42 traffic warnings, 16 traffic citations and one traffic arrest.

Crosslake Fire Department responded to 52 calls in August, including two motor vehicle accidents with injuries. North Memorial was called out 84 times in August; 22 calls occurred at night while 62 calls were during the day.

Crosslake Planning and Zoning issued 41 permits in August, including six new construction permits. Staff also handled 74 counter visits, 192 phone calls and 64 emails for customers and residents. They also went on 37 site visits last month, among other duties.

The city approved the recommendation of the personnel committee to renew the city’s health insurance contract through Resource Training and Solutions/Blue Cross Blue Shield for 2020 with a 7.5 percent increase in rates.

T.J. Graumann, director of Parks, Recreation and Library, reported that the library used book sales so far this year have brought in $4,511 in revenues, which will go into the library reserve fund. Graumann also reported that the city has received about $20,000 in donations, most designated for construction of the new pickleball courts.