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    Message from Mayor Johnson: 2021 Property Taxes Set to Drop

    September 25th, 2020

    Greetings-

    I am acutely aware of the challenges experienced by many in our community due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and am working hard to make sure the City of Carver’s budget is lean, while best serving our community’s needs. I am proud of the work done by both City staff and City Council on the 2021 budget to come up with a plan that addresses the needs of our City, while keeping in mind the struggles many of us have faced in 2020.

    Last month I mentioned we were well into the process of determining the details of our 2021 budget. Now that we’ve set out preliminary levy (this is ceiling, or the not to exceed amount) I’d like to share some additional details.

    At the Sept. 21 City Council meeting we set the preliminary levy at $3,220,448 which is a 6% increase over the 2020 levy. Because of Carver’s growth (an increase in our tax capacity by 15.5%) our tax rate will decrease from 49.45% to an estimated 45.22%… and that means the City of Carver’s portion of your property taxes will likely go down for most property owners!

    Although City property taxes are anticipated to decrease for most property owners, several significant investments are included in the preliminary 2021 Budget.  Some of these investments include a proposed 66% increase to street maintenance funding, which will be used to conduct future mill and overlay projects throughout the community. In addition, the preliminary 2021 Budget allocates $25,000 toward the replacement of the Fire Department’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units. The Department SCBA’s need to be replaced in 2026, which is estimated to cost $180,000. The allocation of $25,000 in 2021 will allow this significant cost to be spread out over multiple years, as opposed to facing a large budget expenditure in 2026.

    If you’re interested in participating in the budget process, the next steps are:

    • October/November – Residents will receive their preliminary property tax statements in the mail. This document will include information on your home’s valuation increase and your proposed tax bill, based off of the preliminary levy.
    • December 7 – The Truth in Taxation public hearing will take place during the City Council meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Residents are invited to comment on the proposed budget and their property taxes.
    • December 21 – City Council will consider adoption of the 2021 budget and property tax levy during the City Council meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

    If you’d like to check out the preliminary draft 2021 budget, you can find it at CityOfCarver.com in the packet from our Sept. 21 City Council Meeting.

    If you have thoughts or comments on the 2021 budget, or anything else, I’d love to hear from you!

    Mayor Courtney Johnson

    CJohnson@CityOfCarver.com

    Cell: 612-702-7703

    Facebook: CarverMayorCourtney

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    Chad Shell Named New Public Services Director

    May 15th, 2020

    The City of Carver is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Shell as Public Services Director for the City of Carver.  Mr. Shell will assume his new position on Monday, May 18.  The position was previously held by Brian Skok, who recently took a position with the City of Apple Valley. 

    A native of Fairmont, Shell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.  In addition, he holds licenses and certifications in water supply systems, waste water treatment, turf grass maintenance, and snow and ice control.

    Shell has served as Public Services Technician I for the City of Carver since 2018.  In addition, Shell has held a similar position in public works for the City of Elko New Market, as well as serving as the Chief Manager for Snap Fitness for six years.

    City Manager Brent Mareck commented that, “We have found an excellent addition to the City’s leadership team.  Chad has tremendous team building and leadership skills and the community will be well served by his technical skills related to municipal infrastructure and maintenance.”  

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    March 16 City Council Meeting Will Be Held – Accommodations for Residents and Stakeholders

    March 15th, 2020

    The Monday, March 16 City Council meeting will be held, as scheduled at 7:00 pm, in the Council Chambers in Carver City Hall (316 Broadway).

    Doors will be opened at 6:45 pm and best practices for social distancing will be followed.The City Council meeting will be live streamed at cityofcarver.com.

    Residents and other stakeholders may submit written comments to bmareck@cityofcarver.com to be read aloud during the meeting.

    Residents and other stakeholders may also request to submit verbal comments, via phone during the meeting, by making this request to the  City Manager at bmareck@cityofcarver.com by no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, March 16.

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    Carver City Hall, Fire Station and Public Services Building Closed to the Public Beginning Monday, March 16

    March 15th, 2020

     

    Carver City Hall and the Fire Station/Public Services Building will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16 through at least Tuesday, March 31.

    1)  The City has a continuity of operations plan in place to maintain essential services in the community such as fire, police, water, sanitary sewer, flood protection, and snow plowing services during this time.

    2)  City staff will be working during this time and we invite all those who have service needs with the City to conduct their business by phone, US Mail, email, or via the City’s website.

    3)  All events scheduled to be held at Carver City Hall through at least March 31 have been cancelled.

    4)  The utility bill payment drop box, located in the City Hall vestibule, will remain open.

    5)  The City will not conduct any utility/water shut-off processes over the next 30 days.

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