Panel Approves County Budget

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Mil Rate Declines Slightly

The county’s almost $17.4 million levy will be supported by an average mil rate of $4.87 on average, down slightly from last year.

A growing number of institutional places have the county facing a budget shortfall this year and increasing funding for Health and Human Services to meet the need next year.

With a tax levy freeze in place, that meant cutting about $300,000 from highway projects, increasing revenue projections by $100,000 for sales tax collections, increasing the transfer from forestry by $100,000 and increasing the share employees pay for health care — from 12-15 percent of the cost — on top of a 4 percent increase in the cost.

“Remember, the health insurance actually went up 12 percent; we are only charging the employees 4 percent,” County Board Chairman Mark Liebaert said. “The overall cost went up 12 percent. We decided to do that in three steps … so

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