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New Budget for Scott County

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Work on next year's budget for Scott County is nearly finished. Thursday afternoon the board of supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed spending plan that totals 80 million dollars.

County administrator, Dee Bruemmer, says property values in the county have grown about 1 per cent, raising revenue by about 550,000 dollars. But that will allow the tax rates to go down.
Bruemmer is recommending the property tax rate for urban residents be lowered by 13 cents, to 6 dollars per 1,000 dollars assessed value (from $6.13). And for the rural rate to go down 16 cents, to 9-dollars and 1-cent, per thousand (from $9.17).

Final approval is expected in two weeks, so the budget can be submitted to the state by the March 15th deadline. The new fiscal year begins in July.