The Sioux Center City Council approved the 2019-20 general fund budget, which decreases the city's tax levy rate by 1.8 percent. The levy rate for the city portion of property taxes will be $11.335 per taxable $1,000.
“We have decreased or held steady on our levy rate for 10 years in a row,” said City Finance Director Darryl Ten Pas.
Residents may see a slight increase in the city portion of their property tax because the state has increased the rollback percentage slightly for residential properties.
The 2019-20 city budget includes planned trail and park improvements, the addition of a full-time paramedic to the Sioux Center Ambulance crew to help cover staffing shortages, continued planning for updating Highway 75, completing the purchase of a new fire truck, and continued improvements to the utility metering system, among other items.
The council approved the budget after a public hearing at their early March meeting. Copies of the budget are available on the City’s website, at the City Office, and at the Sioux Center Public Library.
The city’s portion accounts for approximately 35 percent of the total property tax bill. The total bill also includes taxes levied by the county, local school and Northwest Iowa Community College.