Proposed levy for 2016 budget set by county

The Washington County Board of Commissioners set the proposed levy for the county’s 2016 budget Sept. 15.

The board will continue to review the budget until the final budget is set Dec. 15. Before then, the levy may be reduced, but cannot be raised.

The proposed tax levies certified Sept. 15 were:

• the proposed tax levy of $93,871,900;

• the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy of $4,601,000; and

• the Washington County Regional Rail Authority levy of $750,600.

The board has been reviewing the 2016 recommended budget, which will be supported by the levies. The proposed budget would increase the county net tax levy by 3.45 percent, to $93.87 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 $46.6 million, including bond-funded projects, which will total $20 million.

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 Budget presentations may also be viewed on the website by searching the word “budget.”


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