Dear Chanhassen Residents,
I’d like to begin by sharing another shining example of our incredible community. Yesterday, I was honored to hang the inaugural “Congrats Grads” banner in our downtown in an effort to express our pride and support of our graduates. With our American Flags gracing the side of the parkway and the celebratory banners along the median, you are certain to feel an immense sense of pride and strength in our community.
City Council Meeting – Monday, May, 11th
City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 11th
. I will again be present in the Council Chambers and our four Council members will join via ZOOM. Please take a moment to review the agenda at www.ci.chanhassen.mn.us/agendas
. In lieu of attending the meeting, if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and your questions will be addressed during Visitor Presentations. For more information on how to participate in the meeting: http://www.ci.chanhassen.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/7092/Electronic-City-Council-Meetings
There has been a significant focus this week on the financial outlook at both the state and federal level. We wanted to provide our residents with a snapshot of the City of Chanhassen’s 2020 Budget Indicators and Financial Plans for the rest of the year:
- Unlike a number of other local governments, the City of Chanhassen has minimal impact from the State of Minnesota’s projected budget deficit. The city receives nominal state aid and is not reliant on those funds for the city’s general fund operation.
- The City has already taken cost-cutting measures including reductions related to park programming expenses, travel & training expenses, related savings from current building closures and potential savings from reduced fuel costs.
- Current building permit revenue is on par with previous years. If that trend continues, it could have a positive impact to the city’s General Fund.
- One of the most significant impacts to the City’s General Fund could be delinquent property taxes paid in 2020. While we currently have no data related to this number, staff with assistance from Carver County, is going to be monitoring this closely over the next few months.
- The City is in the process of applying for FEMA aid related to COVID-19 costs. This aid could offset a majority of the costs related to the pandemic.
- In the event there would be a projected deficit to general fund operations a number of other cost-cutting measures are being reviewed by staff. Also, the city’s catastrophic fund (rainy day fund) could also be used to prevent any impact on city services.
Discussions continue between city staff and City Council as we closely monitor the financial outlook for Chanhassen.
As we head into the weekend, I’d like to wish all moms a very “Happy Mother’s Day.” You do so much for so many! And to those counting down the hours until the fishing opener with the hopes of reeling in that big walleye, good luck, I hope it’s a keeper!