GFOA Award of Excellence

The City of Shorewood is proud to have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2013.

This award is from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada and is given for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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The finance department is responsible for maintaining the functions of payroll, accounts payable, utility billing, purchasing, investing City funds, and managing other City assets as requested by the City Council. The finance department also produces the following documents with the assistance of other City departments;

The finance department's goal is to present accurate, timely, and complete financial information in an understandable and friendly manner to the residents and staff members of the City; and to protect and manage the assets of the City as directed by the City Council.

City Truth In Taxation Hearing

The Shorewood City Council adopted a preliminary budget for 2016 of $5,857,087. The budget is primarily funded through a tax levy of $5,079,408. This amount represents an increase of 3% over 2015. The proposed 2016 budget is available for inspection at City Hall during normal business hours. A Truth-In-Taxation public hearing is set for Monday, December 7, at 7 pm, at Shorewood City Hall. Staff will present information regarding the budget, property tax levy, and the property tax impact on a variety of property types and values. Residents are encouraged to contact Finance Director Bruce DeJong at 952.960.7903 with questions or comments on the proposed budget and tax levy.

Hennepin County budget (Truth in Taxation)

Hennepin County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2016 budget and property tax levy – commonly called the Truth in Taxation meeting – at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1. The meeting location is the County Board Room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, at 300 S. Sixth Street in downtown Minneapolis. The county proposes a 2016 budget of $1.9 billion – an increase of $109.4 million, or 5.99 percent, from the 2015 budget. It proposes a property tax levy of $726.8 million – an increase of $31.2 million, or 4.48 percent, from the net property tax levy in 2015. The budgets and levies for the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority also will be discussed at the meeting.

Residents who wish to speak at the meeting should sign up by calling the Hennepin County Clerk's Office at 612-348-4019. For more details, go online to

Free parking is available for residents attending the meeting in the underground ramp at the Government Center after 5 p.m. The ramp entrance is on Third Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. 


Utility Billing Information:

The City of Shorewood bills each property that is connected to the municipal system on a quarterly basis, the beginning of January, April, July and October. Bills are due at the end of the billing month. Bills include fees for municipal water, sewage, recycling and stormwater management. See Billing for utility pricing information and payment options.

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