The new construction will benefit the City of Winthrop’s tax base for the 2022 fiscal year, City Council learned at its meeting last week.
The council held public hearings and passed routine 1% increases in the city’s local property tax and emergency services tax collected to support Aero Methow Rescue Service. The 1% increase in local property taxes is the legal limit under state law without a resident vote.
The city’s 2021 levy was $ 200,259, and a 1% increase would add $ 2,002. The approved levy for 2022, however, is $ 211,704, which directly reflects the added value of the new construction property, explained City Clerk Michelle Gaines.
The city’s property assessment rose from $ 115,046,089 in 2020 to $ 130,692,098 in 2021.
In other matters, counsel:
• Examination of a 2022 budget proposal and organization of a public hearing for its next meeting on December 1 at 6 pm in the Poulailler room of the Winthrop barn. The audience can also be assisted via the Zoom platform.
• Approved the appointment of Rita Kenny to the Winthrop Planning Commission. It’s a return to the planning role for Kenny, who has served on the commission in the past. She is the former co-owner of Winthrop Mountain Sports. “We are very happy to have his return,” said Mayor Sally Ranzau. An opening remains on the Planning Commission. Contact the city at 996-2320 if you are interested.
• Received encouraging updates on other revenue streams for 2021. City retail sales and user tax collection through October 31st totaled $ 423,483, compared to $ 443,519 overall. of 2020, so the city is on track to surpass last year’s total. The taxes collected on motels / hotels in the stadium stood at $ 131,095 until October 31, comreduced to $ 147,181 for all of 2020; The 3% hotel / motel tax collection was $ 196,608 through October 31, compared to $ 220,772 for all of 2020.