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New county tax revenue thinner than new expenses

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The county drew in about $200,000 more in property taxes than last year, but faces around $300,000 in new funding requests, which could mean trimming back budgets or raising county taxes.

"We are raising the county budget at a faster rate than valuations are rising," said John Schneider, chairman of the Plymouth County Supervisors.

In their 2008-09 budget work this week, the supervisors rolled around possible options to help balance the budget:

*Continue the debt levy of nine cents per taxable thousand to pay for $100,000 in capital items like two vehicles for the sheriff's department and computers

*Clip the raises in county salaries to 3.5 percent from the 4.5 percent suggested by the county compensation board

*Begin using the supplemental levy which would mean added property tax to the tune of around 20 cents per taxable thousand. Plymouth County is one of five counties in the state that don't yet use the supplemental levy.

*Trimming back voluntary financial support for things like the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

*Cut back each department's budget by a percentage

The increase in county tax revenue from last year was $85,400 in the general basic and $107,370 in the rural services, a total of 4192,770, according to Deputy Audtior Stacey Feldman. The total county property tax levied for the general basic and rural services this year was $5.8 million.

Last year, the general basic levy was $3.50 per taxable thousand, the pioneer cemetery levy was two-tenths of a penny per taxable thousand and the mental health levy was just under 37 cents per thousand.

Rural residents added on the $3.95 rural services basic levy, a total of $7.91 per taxable thousand. The total for non-rural residents, before city taxes are added in, was $3.96 per mil.

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