2014 Assessed Value and Property Classification

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On March 26, 2014 the Assessing Department will begin mailing the 2014 Valuation Notices to Maple Grove property owners.  The 2014 assessed valuation represents the estimated market value as of January 2nd, 2014; for property taxes payable in 2015.  The valuation is an estimate of what the property would likely sell for on the open market.  The 2014 assessed valuation is based on sales that took place within the city between October 1st, 2012 and September 30th, 2013.  The 2014 property classification is based on the actual use of the property and the property classification appears on the 2014 valuation notice.

The city will be holding our Local Board of Appeal and Equalization on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 PM in the City Council Chambers.  In order to appeal the 2014 assessed valuation or classification of your property you will need to appear at this meeting in person, by letter or through a representative authorized by you.  Please contact the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office if you wish to appeal the valuation or classification of your property to the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.  The Local Board of Appeal and Equalization is not the forum to address property tax matters; the members of the board will only address 2014 assessed values and property classifications.

In order to further your appeal by attending the County Board of Appeal and Equalization you must first appeal at the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization on April 16th.  If a property owner does not appear at the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, the only remaining option to appeal the 2014 valuation or classification is by filing an appeal with the Minnesota Tax Court.

If you have questions or concerns about your 2014 assessed valuation or classification you may contact the Assessing Department at (763) 494-6250.  For additional information about the Local Board of Appeal Equalization, you may visit the Assessing Department on the Maple Grove website.  The valuation notice that will be mailed to property owners describes the appeals process in greater detail.

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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Membership Sale

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Is Mother Nature Dampening your spirits?
Mother Nature keeps working towards making this winter a record breaking year.  The snow keeps falling and the thermometer stays at those brisk temperatures.   Kids can’t go outside to play, so parents need a place bring them to release their youthful energy.   That is the time when you get in the car and come to the Maple Grove Community Center.

We can make those trips a quicker decision and less expensive.  How?  Purchase an all building membership to the Community Center from March 10-14, 2014 and save 15% off the regular rate.  You can save up to $71 on an all building family membership.  

A membership offers year round access to the Grove Cove Aquatic Center with indoor and outdoor leisure pools and a lap pool, indoor playground, gym and ice skating.  The large water slide, rope swing and climbing wall are attractive for youth over 48 inches.   The leisure pool with a zero depth entry has water sprays, geysers and tot slide that are ideal for toddlers and young swimmers.  

A popular adventure is a trip to the Maple MAZE indoor playground.    The height of the double slide combined with four other slides and many climbing features throughout the structure keeps children active for hours.  There is a toddler area for ages three and under that keep their youthful attention occupied. 

Other options to keep children busy during this long winter are to shoot hoops during open basketball times in the gymnasium.  There is a tot time scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays for Pre-K and younger.   Recreational equipment is set out to play and run around the gym.  It’s a great time to socialize and get some exercise for youth and adults. 

The last but not least recreational area included in the all building membership is ice skating.    On most Friday, Saturday and Sundays there is time for open skating.  You don’t have to own a pair of skates.  We offer skate rentals for $4.00 per pair with sizes ranging from youth size 8 to adult size 12.    The membership includes open skate, open adult hockey, open low test freestyle and dead ice. 

Monthly schedules for ice skating, the gym and pool can be found on our website.   The all building membership includes all of the areas.  The pool membership includes the indoor /outdoor pools.    Choose from a single or family membership.  You can save an additional $10 when you register on-line for your membership during the sale.  Get more information at Maple Grove Memberships or call 763-494-6500.   

Don’t let Mother Nature dampen your spirits.  Buy a membership during the sale and find the value of having this diverse facility in your community. 

 

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Frigid Weather in Maple Grove

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The DNR reports that the winter of 2013-2014 will be the coldest winter on record in 35 years. The average daily temperature this winter has been 9.7 degrees (F); only about 9 degrees below normal. My thoughts have been drifting south of the frost line with each passing day. Fortunately, PBS recently aired that story about the guy who roughed it out in Alaska until the age of 82, to renew my appreciation for the northern climate and relieve the cabin fever.

With the colder than normal temperatures driving the frost about as deep as the heart of Texas this year, the Utility Department has seen an increase in the number of pipe bursts in snow-bird houses and patched up a few water main breaks. There have even been some cases where sewer service connections have frozen up. More leaks are likely to Spring up as the frost comes out, and the ground shifts again. The City Utility Department will return to making permanent repairs to pipes and street surface when the weather allows.

Progress on the Fish Lake sewer rehabilitation project has been slowed by the cold weather, with the start of liner installation being delayed about 2 weeks considering the potential for frostbite and Tree in Manhole smalltemperature related inefficiency. The contractor has completed initial pipe cleaning efforts through the park area along the west side of the lake, and is still intending to complete the liner through the dog park area by the end of March. Bike trails and other park amenities are expected to be open for normal seasonal use. The most interesting tidbit of this project is the discovery of a tree found to be growing inside one of the manholes … a plug for a little global warming?

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eUtilityBilling

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eUtilityBilling is a convenient online service the City offers to its utility customers.

eUtilityBilling allows utility customers who sign up for this application to view their water consumption history, review electronic billing statements, and pay their bills online.

With access to this online service, customers can compare their current quarterly water consumption to a similar quarter in the past 10 years.    They can also compare their quarterly water consumption to the average usage of their neighborhood or the average usage of the entire city.

Customers can also sign up to receive their bills electronically which allows them to view their current bill and compare that bill to a previous quarter.

Over 5,000 customers have already signed up for eUtilityBilling.  Customers can go to the city website at www.maplegrovemn.gov and click on Utilities under the Services menu to begin the registration process.

If you have any utility billing questions, you can always call 763-494-6330 and a customer service representative will assist you.

 

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Fit-Friendly Worksite Award

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The City of Maple Grove is committed to providing physical activity and wellness opportunities for our employees and we have recently been recognized as a 2013 Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program.  Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities at the City of Maple Grove and we encourage all of our employees to participate in the many programs and activities we offer as a part of our “Fit for Life” Wellness Program throughout the year.   The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program is a catalyst for positive change and we encourage other worksites throughout the nation to be part of the initiative and make employee health and wellness a priority.

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Community Development News

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What’s going on in Community Development?    With winter having a strong grip so early in the season a number of projects had to take a brief respite from construction including the Skye at Arbor Lakes and Bottineau Ridge apartment projects.  As I peek over my shoulder I can see work has resumed in spite of the snowy landscape.

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The arrival of 2014 signals possible new commercial development opportunities as we pull farther away from the recent economic downturn.  Residential growth has remained steady and the City expects the pace of growth to match if not exceed that of 2013.  The senior community named SilverCreek on Main will likely start construction soon.

A few other new residential developments coming to Maple Grove include:
·    Faue Fieldstone Addition: a 4 single-family detached residential lots subdivision.
·    HighGrove 4th Addition: a 36 single-family attached residential lot subdivision.  This is a phase of the originally approved 206 single-family attached residential lots development.
·    Four Seasons at Rush Creek 4th Addition: is a 36 single-family detach residential senior development of the original 300 detached residential lots.

Keep apprised of new retailers coming to town in this blog or on the City’s main web page!

A good resource to get information directly e-mailed to you about the different Residential and Commercial projects that are going forward to the Planning Commission and City Council is to E-Subscribe to our Agendas and Minutes.  Our Agendas/Minutes are e-mailed out twice a month.  Click here to sign up.  There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

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Upcoming Events

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The snow is coming down and deep freeze temperatures are on the way but we are hearty Minnesotans and we continue on. Take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of the snow on the trees as you drive by a park or venture out to experience the wonder of winter first hand. Dark comes early at this time of year but the trail around West Arbor Lake is both plowed and lit (of course, road plowing comes first!) so put on your boots and take a walk in the snow.

SKATING
Questions will be coming soon about the outdoor rinks – we’re working on it! Rink flooding has begun and weather permitting, the rinks should be ready for skating before the end of the month. Call 763-494-5959 for updated rink information.

CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL – Update
The annual candlelight memorial planned for Friday, December 6 at 7pm at the Maple Grove Arboretum (9400 Fernbrook Lane) will NOT be cancelled although the event will be shortened due to the extreme cold.  If you are coming to the candlelight memorial, come to the picnic pavilion, for a little protection from the wind.  The music and microphone will be set up there.  Candles will be passed out after the poem, “We Remember Them,” is shared; all can place their flowers at the angel statue. 

The Friends of the Angel volunteers will have cookies and warm drinks ready for all in the warm building across the street at Arbor View.

If the extreme cold is too much for your young ones or yourself, feel free to visit the statue anytime over the weekend as the path is cleared.  Let the flowers at the statue be your reminder that hope and healing is in the hearts of many.

Some traditions continue on no matter what the weather. On Friday, December 6 at 7pm all who are grieving the loss of a child are invited to meet at the Maple Grove Arboretum (9400 Fernbrook Lane) for the annual candlelight memorial. This event will NOT be cancelled but will be shortened this year due to the forecasted temperatures. Candles will be provided and you are invited to bring a flower of remembrance to leave at the base of the statue as part of the memorial. Please know that you may also leave a flower of remembrance at any time on Friday or Saturday.

SLEIGHBELLS AND SPARKLE PARADE  – Update
The Sleighbells and Sparkle Parade has been cancelled due to the extreme cold forecast for Saturday evening. Please participate in other Hometown Holiday on Main Street activities that will continue from 4-8pm at the corner of Main Street and Arbor Lakes Parkway including horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, hot drinks and cookies, holiday crafts and refreshments at the Maple Grove Arts Center and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The tree lighting will be at 5pm at the corner of Main St. and Arbor Lakes Pkwy. For more information visit www.arborlakes.net.

 Stay warm!!

The annual winter parade is scheduled for 5pm on December 7. It runs on Main Street from Schuler Shoes to Arbor Lakes Pkwy and turning left to the Government Center parking lot. Santa will magically light the tree as he turns the corner. Be sure to enjoy the carriage rides and other Main Street events as well. Last minute weather announcements will be at www.maplegrovedays.com and www.arborlakes.net. These activities are hosted by Maple Grove Community Organization and Arbor Lakes Business Association.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, 6-10pm
One more tradition and a great way to kick off 2014 – bring your whole family and your friends too for an evening of music, dancing, crafts, inflatables and more. J-Star of The Zinghoppers TV show will be entertaining and of course the pool, ice arena, Maple Maze and teen center will all be available. Tickets are only $9 in advance or $12 at the door. This is one fun event!  Check out the New Year’s Eve Party Flyer for more information.

That’s just a sampling of what Parks and Recreation has to offer. The winter brochure has even more. If you live in Maple Grove, you should receive it in the mail by December 8. Check out the Winter 2014 Parks and Recreation Brochure online.

 

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Finance News

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In October, Maple Grove bonded for various road construction projects in the City and has once again been assigned the AAA credit rating – the highest rating possible – when evaluated by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. Only 23 cities in the State of Minnesota have attained this rating.

Numerous factors go into the rating process including economic diversity, financial performance, debt burden, and financial management practices. The City’s ability to implement timely and sound financial and operational decisions in response to economic and fiscal demands is a primary determinant of changes in credit quality. A superlative credit rating like the AAA Maple Grove has achieved, keeps the cost of financing capital projects as low as possible.

Jim Knutson, Finance Director

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Job Opportunities with the City of Maple Grove

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The Human Resources Department offers job opportunities on our website with an online application system which makes it easy for job applicants to set up an account and use your application multiple times by updating it for each position. To apply for a job, visit Current Job Openings, choose the position, and click on the “Apply” button. Online applications are stored on a secure site. You can be sure your information will be kept confidential; only authorized staff have access to the information submitted.
If you are interested in a job opportunity which is not currently open, fill out a Job Interest card and check the categories you are interested in. You will receive an email when a position opens up in your specified category.
Be sure to check out our Current Volunteer Opportunities where you’ll find plenty of chances to volunteer in the City of Maple Grove in various capacities and interests you may have!

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Homestead Application Deadline – December 15, 2013

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Please contact the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office to file a homestead application on or before December 15, 2013; if one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You purchased a residence in Maple Grove in the past year and you or a qualifying relative occupy the property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2013; or
  • You or a qualifying relative occupy a Maple Grove residence for homestead purposes on December 1, 2013 and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.

The homestead status of your property may have property tax implications, please feel free to contact the assessor’s office if you have any questions related to the homestead status of your property.

If you should sell, move or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification on your property, you are required to notify the assessor’s office within 30 days of the change in your homestead status.  

Assessing Department Contact Information:
Street Address: 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1180, Maple Grove, MN 55311-6180
Phone Number: (763) 494-6250
E-mail Address: assess@maplegrovemn.gov

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