Hillsboro City Commission

Homeowners in Hillsboro should expect a small bump in their property tax bill next year.

The Hillsboro City Commission on Monday approved a 2022 preliminary budget calling for a 7 percent increase in the property taxes the city collects toward its general fund.

Commissioners spent nearly an hour and a half poring over the city’s finances at a special meeting Monday in order to submit their budget to county officials by Tuesday.

City Auditor Ashley Frederick said commissioners have a number of projects on the city’s radar for 2022 that will result in increased expenses from the previous year.

Those projects include $350,000 in electrical upgrades on both sides of Interstate 29, $55,000 for a new patrol car for the Traill County Sheriff’s Office and $55,000 for two new employees, which could include a city assessor.

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