[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Fairfax 8-11-2015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority granted by Minn. Stat. § 272.67, the City of Fairfax hereby divides the area within its municipal limits into an Urban Service District and a Rural Service District constituting separate taxing districts for the purpose of all municipal property taxes except those levied for the payment of bonds and judgments and interest thereon.
The Urban Service District shall include all land within the boundaries of the City of Fairfax which are not included in the Rural Service District established under this chapter.
The Rural Service District shall include only such unplatted lands, which need not be contiguous to one another, as in the judgment of the City Council at the time of adoption of this chapter are rural in character; are not developed for commercial, industrial, or urban residential purposes; are more than 2.5 acres in area; abut the township boundary on at least one side or are adjacent to such a parcel; and are not benefitted to the same degree as other lands by municipal services financed by general taxation.
The City Council may in the future, by amendment to this chapter, designate that other lands (including lands outside the City of Fairfax which, if annexed) shall be included within the Rural Service District.
The following lands are designated to be included in the Rural Service District of the City of Fairfax.
Editor's Note: The listing of the designated lands is on file in the City offices.
Whenever any parcel of land, owned by one person or by two or more persons jointly or in common at the time of its inclusion in the Rural Service District, is platted, in whole or in part, and whenever application is made for a permit for the construction of a commercial, industrial, or urban residential development or improvement to be situated on such parcel or any part thereof, the board or officer approving such plat or building permit shall report this to the City Council, which shall make and enter a resolution transferring such parcel from the Rural Service District to the Urban Service District. The term "improvement" shall include the provision of municipal services such as sewer, water, streets, or the like. Grading of land shall not be considered as an improvement, providing that such grading is limited to that required to minimize water drainage problems, and further provided that such graded areas are placed into agricultural use or reseeded within one year.
It is the judgment of the City Council that the approximate ratio that exists between the benefits resulting from the tax-supported municipal services to parcels of land of like market value, situated in the Rural Service District and in the Urban Service District, respectively, is 1:2, and a benefit ratio of 1:2 is hereby established.
Taxes levied for payments of bonds and judgments and interest thereon shall be in addition to such tax.
The benefit ratio may be changed by amendment to this chapter; however, in no event shall the tax rate for the Rural Service District be less than what the tax rate for such parcel would be if taxed by the adjacent township to which the parcel is located.
Each year the City Council shall:
Except for fire, police and planning services, the City of Fairfax will provide no other services to the lands in the Rural Service District beyond those customarily provided by the adjacent township to which the lands are located.