Dive into the numbers

You can view, filter, and analyze revenue, expense, and balance sheet financial data from fiscal year 2016 to current year, including annual tax revenues, personnel costs, monthly operating expenses, and overtime costs. You can download and share the data, too.

Financial transparency portal

Matching our tax dollars to our goals and values

The City Council and City staff have worked over six months developing our proposed budget for 2020. Our total expenditures in our general operating fund are up by 5.8% from 2019 to 2020. This includes strategic investments in our staffing of a new police sergeant as well as a new streets and parks operator who will help with maintenance in the summer and provide additional snow removal support in the winter. We continue to prioritize funding in our strategic plan that is in its final of three years in 2020.

City priorities

  • Economic development
  • Affordable housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Operational effectiveness
  • Climate change impacts

Bond rating

Just like a credit score for personal loans, a city bond rating provides lower interest rates when borrowing money for things like street reconstruction and remodeling of the fire station.

The City of Northfield is fortunate to have a “AA” bond rating from Standard and Poors based on factors such as our economy, debt load, financial performance, governance and management practices.

Property taxes

City taxes are about 34% of property taxes in Northfield. The remainder is made up of taxes from the county and school districts, 22% and 44% respectively.

Property taxes by entity

Tax levy

The City Council annually approves a tax levy amount for the entire community that is needed to provide city services. This amount is then divided among all taxpayers in the community based on their property values. Property values are determined by the county and tax rates are set by the State of Minnesota.

Levy total dollars 2014-2019

Current levy rate

The Council is proposing a 9.4% levy rate increase for 2020. Despite the total levy increasing, the City property tax rate is less than it was five years ago.

Increased investments

Following the city priorities, the council has increased tax levy investments in infrastructure, economic development and housing.

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7.4% increase from general fund

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1.8% increase from debt services funds


0.2% increase from business and housing development

Low city taxes compared to similar cities

When compared to similar cities, Northfield has one of the lowest total property taxes to fund city services.

Property taxes comparison to similar cities

City services

General government

  • Administrative services
  • Business development
  • Housing
  • Elections
  • Permits

Culture & Recreation

  • Library
  • Parks, ice rink and pool
  • FiftyNorth senior center
  • Recreation

Public Safety

  • Police
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Emergency management
  • Building inspections

Public Works

  • Street repair and construction
  • Snow plowing
  • Drinking, storm and waste water
  • Garbage, recycling and yard waste
  • City buildings

Budget development

Initial budget development

  • June - Past year's independent financial audit complete and presented to Council
  • July - Council budget meeting
  • August - Council budget meeting

Council reviews budgets

  • September - Council adopts preliminary budget, maximum tax levy  and next year’s utility rates

Council prioritizes services and adjusts budget

  • October - Council budget meeting
  • November - Council budget meeting
  • December - Presentation and public input; Council adopts final budget and levy