The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Sept. 13, approved a total preliminary tax levy of $4,467,112 for 2022, which is $18,740 less than this year’s levy (estimated 0.42% decrease).

Council member Aaron Herzog was opposed.

The estimated tax rate is 28.10%, a reduction of 2.26% from this year. However, the city won’t receive preliminary tax rate information from Crow Wing County until October or November, and the final tax rate until March 2022.

That preliminary tax levy number includes:

  • General property tax levy: $3,423,987.

  • Economic Development Authority: $19,100 (up from $16,000 this year).

  • General obligation refunding bonds 2012A: $343,456. This includes the $221,000 levy for the original construction of the sewer plant/system and the $122,456 levy for the original construction of the joint maintenance facility.

  • General obligation sewer revenue improvement bonds 2017A: $118,340. This was used for improvements to the sewer plant.

  • General obligation reconstruction bonds 2018A: $104,554. This was used to reconstruct Manhattan Point Boulevard.

  • General obligation capital improvement plan bonds 2019A: $313,510. This was used for construction of the new city hall and police facility.

  • General obligation equipment certificates: $144,165. This is for the newly purchased fire truck.

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The council can lower, but not raise, the preliminary levy number before final adoption in December. A truth in taxation meeting for the public to ask questions will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at city hall.

Road improvements

The council ordered improvement and preparation of plans to improve:

  • Wild Wind Ranch Drive from the intersection of County State Aid Highway 103 to the end of the city-maintained portion of the street.

  • Rushmoor Boulevard and Rushmoor Trail from the intersection with CSAH 16 to the end of the city-maintained portion of each leg of the streets.

  • Birch Narrows Road from the intersection with CSAH 3 to the end of the city-maintained portion of the street.

  • Whitefish Avenue (chipseal), Hilltop Drive and Woodland Drive from the entrance drive to Camp Knutson east to the intersection with Manhattan Point Boulevard.

Public safety

Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller reported firefighter Jory Danielson went to Louisiana to help with humanitarian efforts after a hurricane, including distributing meals and water to people.

Crosslake police reported 243 incidents in August in Crosslake and 52 incidents in Mission Township.

Crosslake activity included 24 agency assists, one damage to property, 27 emergency medical services calls, one fire, five noise complaints, three property damage accidents, five suspicious activity, six suspicious vehicles, five threats, one traffic arrest, seven traffic citations and 61 traffic warnings.

Mission Township activity included three agency assists, two suspicious activity, one traffic arrest, nine traffic citations and 31 traffic stops.

Firefighters had 37 calls in August, including 30 medical assists, one mutual aid building fire and one grassfire.

North Ambulance had 96 callouts in July and 87 callouts in August.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.