What led to this budget shortfall?

In 2013, the levy rate was $1.40 per thousand in assessed value.  Statutory restrictions limiting total funds the city can collect to no more than 1% growth per year has eroded the assessment to its current $0.70 per thousand.  

Aside from property taxes, other General Fund revenue sources have also been negatively impacted recently. Sales tax revenues are trending downward since 2022, partly due to accelerated inflation.  Excise tax and development fees that the city has brought in during the past ten years have decreased sharply due to slowing development and growth.

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1. What is a levy lid lift?
2. How much will my property taxes go up if the levy lid lift passes?
3. How is money from property taxes used?
4. What led to this budget shortfall?
5. What has changed in the past ten years?
6. What efficiencies has the city implemented to cut costs?
7. What will happen if this levy lid lift is not approved?
8. How much revenue will the proposed levy lid lift generate?
9. Who pays the property taxes?
10. The city council just gave an additional $2 million for the Sports Complex project? How is this possible with the projected revenue shortfall?
11. The levy lid lift would raise the property tax rate to $1.10 per $1,000 in assessed value. Why am I paying more than $8.00 per $1,000?
12. Which budgeted staff positions has the city "frozen" in 2023?
13. The levy lid lift is proposing to raise the city's property tax rate 60% from $.70 per $1,000 to $1.10 per $1,000. Will my property tax bill go up 60%?
14. Are there reserve funds available to help address the budget shortfall?
15. If approved, what new services will the levy lid lift provide?
16. Can the budget shortfall be funded with aditional sales taxes instead of property taxes?
17. Why was my property tax rate reduced from $1.40 per $1,000 in 2014 to only $0.70 in 2024?