County board continues work on 2016 budget

The Washington County Board of Commissioners continued work on the county’s 2016 budget Aug. 25.The recommended budget, which was first reviewed Aug. 11, would increase the county net tax levy by 3.49 percent, to $92.8 million, and is based on the county receiving non-levy revenue of $94.1 million. If the  budget is approved with the recommended increase in the property tax levy, it would mean that the median valued home in the county of $247,400, assuming its value increased just more than 1 percent since 2015, would have an $18 increase in its county property  tax levy.

The county’s operating expenditures for the year would be $157.2 million, an increase of 3.46 percent, with capital expenditures of $26.6 million, excluding bond-funded projects.

The board reviewed budgets for Community Services and the Sheriff’s Office Aug. 25. During the budget process, county commissioners will review each department’s proposed budgets. The board will set a preliminary  levy Sept. 15. A public hearing on the budget will be conducted Dec. 1, and the final budget will be set Dec. 15.

All budget meetings are open to the public at the Government Center in Stillwater during regular board meetings Tuesday mornings, are cablecast on local cable channels, and are webstreamed through the county’s website.  The webstreamed meetings are also archived on the website at www.co.washington.mn.us. Budget presentations may also be viewed on the website by searching the word “budget.”

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