The Rural Service District shall include only such unplatted lands as in the judgment of the City Council at the time of the adoption of the ordinance are rural in character, and are not developed for commercial, industrial, or urban residential purposes, and for these reasons are not benefited to the same degree as other lands by municipal services financed by general taxation. The Rural Service District may include lands which are not contiguous to one another. The ordinance may designate lands outside the city which, if annexed, shall be included within the Rural Service District. The ordinance shall determine the approximate ratio which in the judgment of the City Council exists between the benefits resulting from tax supported municipal service to parcels of land of like market value, situated in the Rural Service District and in the Urban Service District, respectively. By amendment of the ordinance this benefit ratio may be changed, and lands may be added to or removed from the Rural Service District by amendment of the ordinance or by operation of M.S. § 272.67, Subd. 5. In setting the tax ratio for the urban and rural service districts, the City Council must set the ratios so that taxes levied for the payment of bond obligations and judgments and interest thereon which may be incurred by the city to finance improvements which only benefit properties in the urban service district shall only be paid by properties within the urban service district.
(Ord. 137, passed - - 2015)