City Administrator Craig Mattson said Wyoming officials and staff approach budgeting based on priorities of service.
Uncontrollable variables like fuel prices and weather can affect budgets and require cutting in other areas.
Some residents questioned why their taxes increased when the levy is the same.
explained that the Chisago County Auditor determines tax bills and the formulas are complicated.
Polaris and Xccent will begin paying more commercial taxes into city coffers in 2017.
Mattson and Mayor Eric Peterson estimate this amount will be about $250,000 to $300,000 a year.
said the city cannot count on local government aid, which may be taken away by the state Legislature.
With the increase in size of the city, Mattson
said, it costs more for almost every service.
Under the terms of the merger, former township residents were eased into the urban tax structure, Mattson
explained, unlike what happened when portions of the township were annexed by Chisago City earlier.
Township residents were taxed at 50 percent of the city tax rate for the first three years after the merger, 60 percent in the fourth year, and 70 percent in the fifth year.