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In 2018, the City of Maplewood will embark on several important and exciting initiatives.They include:• Ensuring the city’s Comprehensive Plan meets the longterm needs of our growing and changing community• Combating Emerald Ash Borer, which has recently emerged in the city• Improving how the city communicates with residents• Upgrading technology for more efficient building permitting• Maintaining competitive wages for city staff to attract and retain a highly-skilled and courteous workforce• Reducing long-term borrowing costsTo accomplish this ambitious agenda, city council has approved a modest 3.5% preliminary levy increase (for a total levy of $21,465,600) for taxes payable in 2018.If adopted as preliminarily approved, taxpayers with a median value home ($209,600) would see a $17 per yearincrease to the city portion of their property tax bill.Below are tax estimates for a variety of Maplewood property values.This increase isn’t definite. City Council will hold a public hearing Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Maplewood City Council Chambers to receive public input on the proposed budget and tax levy. Before final adoption, the city council may decrease the levy; however, it cannot raise its preliminary approved levy. City taxes account for approximately 32% of the total property tax bill, which also includes taxes for the county, school district, and special districts. Only the city budget and tax levy will be discussed at the city of Maplewood’s public hearing. Interested taxpayers should attend the December 11, 2017 public hearing.