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Current RICHFIELD The next step Richfield football fell to 0-3, but the Spartans feel they’re improving. Page 16 Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 City throws weight behind schools School levies critical to city as well, offi cials say By ANDREW WIG andrew.wig@ecm-inc.com council heard the initial preliminary levy proposal nearing that level of in- crease. “In the space of 24 to 36 hours, there was a reconsideration,” Elliott said. “ … It didn’t come from anybody on this council, and I appreciated that coming to us.” The smaller levy is the result of an additional $265,000 that will be Offi cials from the city of Richfi eld and the pub- lic school district within its borders are highlight- ing the symbiotic nature of the two taxing au- thorities as they budget for 2018. With a critical refer- endum approaching, Richfi eld’s city offi cials are voicing strident sup- port for a school district that – as Superintendent Steve Unowsky pointed out during a Sept. 12 levy presentation in front of the Richfi eld City Coun- cil – many people don’t realize is an entity unto itself, separate from the city. In addressing the city’s own budget during the same Sept. 12 meeting, the city council unani- mously approved a levy amount that was about $265,000 less than the See Levy , Page 7 See Schools , Page 8 (IMAGES COURTESY CITY OF RICHFIELD) The above photos and graphics were used in a Sept. 6 budget presentation to the Richfi eld City Council. Levy addresses aging infrastructure, basic services Preliminary levy lower than initial proposal By ANDREW WIG andrew.wig@ecm-inc.com The Richfi eld City Council has approved a preliminary tax levy that costs residents less than an initial budget had asked. Price $1.00 Volume 47, No. 39 The council unani- mously approved the $20.4 million preliminary levy Sept. 12. That repre- sents almost a 5 percent increase over Richfi eld’s 2017 gross levy, but is less than it could have been. The initially proposed $20.7 million levy would have meant a 6.3 percent tax increase. The council will vote on the fi nal levy in December. Mayor Pat Elliott, along Index Opinion-Page 4 Public Safety-Page 6 Sports-Pages 16-18 Classifieds-Page Calendar-Pages 22-25 with everyone else on the dais for the council meet- ing, voiced unequivocal support for reducing the tax impact relative to the initial proposal. Elliott was thankful for “an opportunity to relieve the tax burden on the citizens on this occasion because of the other im- portant referendum that’s going on in this commu- nity.” He hopes taxpayers will feel freed up to sup- port two school levy refer- endums on the ballot this November. The 5 percent property tax increase is still higher than the trend of recent years – the uptick was 3.3 percent for 2017. The last time Richfi eld saw a prop- erty tax increase higher than 5 percent was 2011, when there was a nearly 7 percent jump. It was during a Sept. 6 study session that the city Sun Newspapers | 10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 current.mnsun.com facebook.com/SunCurrentCentral @RIsuncurrent PUBLIC NOTICES: See page 20