County raise tax rate, adopts budget

A higher tax rate and a larger expenditures budget than the current one were approved Monday by county commissioners.

The new tax rate of 35.046 cents per $100 valuation will generate $418,972 more in revenue than the current 31.667-cent levy. That amount includes $50,000 from new property.

Last year, commissioners lowered the rate after property values increased. This year, values for the county slipped 6.69 percent.

Commissioners adopted the budget and set the tax rate with no discussion.

The $16,501,108  expenditures budget is up from the current budget of $16,276,658.

It includes an annual bond payment of $1,763,100 for the Mallet Event Center & Arena.

The new budget also includes $600,000 for remodeling a county owned building on Avenue H.

The officials approved the same amount for this year, but spent part of that for an engineering study and asbestos abatement.

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