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MINNETONKA BEACH — Cities in the Lake Minnetonka area have approved their 2020 budgets and finalized their property tax levies.

Here’s a breakdown of what this means f or property owners in Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

As you read about the budgets the cities passed, remember property tax levies don’t just go to the city you live in, so when a city raises or lowers your property taxes that doesn’t account for the entire picture — school districts pass levies, Hennepin County passes levies, and all of this is paid through your annual property taxes. In fact, Hennepin County at its Dec. 12. 2019, meeting passed a budget that has an $8.69 million net property tax levy, which is an increase of 4.75% from the year before.

Minnetonka Beach

The city has a budget of $1,494,450.49 in 2020.

The 2020 tax levy is $1,128,144 compared to the 2019 levy of $1,015,932. This is an increase of 2.8%.

The City Council passed its 2020 budget and levy at its Dec. 9, 2019, meeting.

The city budget will pay for road improvements, sewers and other public works costs, public safety and more.

Orono

The city’s 2020 budget is $9,143,200.

The 2020 tax levy is $6,007,450, compared to the 2019 tax levy of $5,635,450. This is an increase of 6.6%.

A $500,000 home in Orono would pay $824.90 annually to the city in property taxes under the 2020 levy.

The Orono City Council passed the budget and levy at the Dec. 9, 2019, meeting.

The city’s budget will be spent on operating expenses such as construction, stormwater and sewers.

Plymouth

The 2020 city budget is $99,090,160.

The 2020 tax levy is $38,683,423 compared to the 2019 tax levy of $36,030,514. This is an increase of 7.36%.

A median-valued home in Plymouth costs approximately $350,000. This home would pay $908.46 in taxes to the city 2020.

The City Council passed the city budget and levy during its Dec. 10, 2019, meeting.

The city budget will be spent on future park replacements, street reconstruction, capital improvement projects and a partial levy was added for the Plymouth Creek Center project.

Shorewood

The city’s 2020 budget is $6,541,196.

The 2020 tax levy is $5,856,611 compared to the 2019 tax levy which was $5,530,322. This is an increase of 5.9%.

The city budget will be spent on streets, parks and recreation and public safety.

The City Council passed the budget and levy on Dec. 9, 2019, during its regular meeting.

Spring Park

The city’s 2020 budget is $1,325,801.

The 2020 tax levy is $1,108,647 compared to the 2019 tax levy of $1,071,157. This is an increase of 3.5%.

The city budget will be spent on public safety, street upkeep and other fees and services.

The City Council passed the budget and levy during its Dec. 2, 2019, meeting.

Tonka Bay

The city budget is $500,000

The 2020 tax levy is $1,195,803 compared to the 2019 tax levy of $1,173,003 This is an increase of 1.9%.

The city budget will be spend on administrative salaries, public works, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District dock license and more.

The City Council passed the budget and levy during its Dec. 10, 2019, meeting.

Wayzata

The city budget for 2020 is $16,859,623.

The 2020 tax levy is $4,767,152 compared to the 2019 tax levy of $4,586,900. This is an increase 3.9%.

A median-valued home in Wayzata costs $600,000. Under the 2020 tax levy, this home would pay $1,328 to the city annually in property taxes.

The city budget will be spent on public safety, public works, parks and recreation and general government which covers employee salaries and administration fees.

The City Council passed the budget and levy during its Dec. 3, 2019, meeting.

Woodland

The city has a budget of $3,215,237 in 2020.

The 2020 tax levy is $393,724 compared to the 2019 tax levy of $379,320. This is an increase of 3.66%.

The City Council passed the budget and levy during its Dec. 9, 2019, meeting.

The budget will be spent on public safety and public works, general government, recycling, other fees and services and elections.

Note: Details on other cities’ budgets was published in the Jan. 9 issue of Lakeshore Weekly News and can be found on weeklynews.com.

Frances Stevenson is a reporter for the Lakeshore Weekly News, covering the communities around Lake Minnetonka.

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