- Finance Department
Do you have questions about property taxes, assessments, your water bill, or the City budget? Do you need election information? Find information here.
The City of Belle Plaine has a "AA+" credit rating according to Standard and Poors.
Utility Rate Study
The City's Utility Rate Study (PDF) was prepared by Abdo, Eick and Meyers, LLP, the City's auditing firm to assist with determining the current utility rate structure and beyond.
The City portion of your property tax bill pays for services such as police, ambulance service, street maintenance, snow plowing, park maintenance, recreation programming, code enforcement, and community development.
Each year, the City Council and staff develop a proposed budget to fund the City's services for the upcoming year.
- The process of budget development begins in mid-summer when staff prepares an initial proposed budget.
- The City Council receives the proposed budget in late summer.
- During the fall, the Council considers the proposed budget over several budget meetings or work sessions.
- The Truth in Taxation hearing is the culmination of this budget process.
The City of Belle Plaine conducts its annual Truth-in-Taxation hearing in December.
In Mid-November Scott County provides a Proposed Property Tax Statement to all property owners. The November 2022 Bridge newsletter includes an article that explains how the City property taxes directly affect the City budget.
For property valuation inquiries, property owners may contact the Scott County Assessor's Office. Visit the Property Taxes page for more information.
Check out the YouTube video by the League of Minnesota Cities to help explain property taxes.