The City of West Fargo is holding a 6 p.m. public hearing on the 2021 city budget at the Tuesday, Sept. 8 during the City Commission meeting.

During this meeting, the community can provide input on the proposed budget.

West Fargo’s proposed budget outlines $88,535,232 in expenses for 2021.

The City Commissioners approved a preliminary property tax revenue fund of $13,531,887, with a zero overall mill levy increase on Aug. 3. It is a $504,298 increase over the 2020 budget and comes from an increase in new properties and property values in West Fargo.

The 2021 budget also reflects expected changes in interest rates and state revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic, which will be funded with general fund reserves.

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The budget has additional funding for the West Fargo Fire Department’s growth, restores funding for the West Fargo Public Library, covers the special assessments due for city-owned property and increase staffing and service levels. With a zero mill levy increase, property taxes increases will only occur for properties with increased property values.

Residents should have received notice of their estimated 2021 property taxes via a Cass County Consolidated Tax Estimate statement that was recently distributed. This statement estimates 2021 property taxes based on project mill rate levies from the City of West Fargo, Cass County, State Medical, County Soil Conservation, West Fargo Park District, West Fargo Public Schools and the Southeast Water Resource District. For details on how to read and understand your tax statement, please visit the Cass County Treasurer’s website.

The public can attend and provide comment on the City of West Fargo’s budget at this hearing. The full, detailed 2021 preliminary budget is available on the Finance Department website. This meeting is not for residents to appeal or review the City Assessor’s determination of true and full value for a property. If a property owner believes the true and full value of their property is incorrect, they should contact the City Assessor’s office for a review.