The Sioux Center City Council is considering a slightly lower tax levy for the 2017-18 city budget.
The council will hold a public hearing on March 8 before approving an $11.80 levy per taxable $1,000. The prior year’s city levy was $11.82.
However, residential property owners will likely see a slight increase in their city property tax bill due to a 2.3 percent increase in the state residential rollback. For example, with the proposed levy, the owner of a $200,000 home would increase about $28 compared to 2016-17.
City taxes are only about one-third of residents’ property tax bill. The total bill also includes taxes levied by the county, local school and Northwest Iowa Community College.
Some highlights from the city’s $8.8 million general fund budget include adding 40 hours per week of part-time ambulance workers, replacing the east shelter house at Children’s Park, installing new park signs, replacing the 1960s lighting at the football field, adding a security system at the football field, replacing a boiler at the All Seasons Center, adding a kids’ slide at the All Seasons Center and overlaying various city streets.
In addition, city staff are anticipating engineering expenses for Highway 75 improvements if the Iowa Department of Transportation approves them for its next five-year plan.
Sioux Center’s tax levy remains low compared to similar-sized communities. Based on 2016-17 numbers, Sioux Center would rank 39th in a list of cities with population between 5,000 and 10,000 and 23rd on a list of communities with similar taxable property value.
In addition, Sioux Center’s debt per capita is lower than many comparable cities. As of June 2016, Sioux Center ranks 31st out of 42 cities with population between 5,000 and 10,000 and 24th out of 29 cities with similar taxable property value.
City budget documents are available to review at the city hall and Sioux Center Public Library.