Isanti County Board proposes no changes to 2013 tax levy

Isanti County officials explained the 2013 proposed budget and levy to residents during the Isanti County Board’s truth in taxation hearing Wednesday, Dec. 5.

County Administrator Kevin VanHooser said the county is proposing a 0 percent change to the $15.5 million property tax levy. The final 2013 budget and levy will be approved at the next Isanti County Board meeting on Dec. 19.

The proposed budget sets revenue and expenditures at $35.2 million, about a 3 percent decrease from 2012’s budget.

The county’s revenue comes primarily from taxes, special assessments, state aid and grants, charges and fees, with some of the highest budgeted expenditures including human services, $11.4 million; public safety, $7.1 million; and highways and streets, $6 million.

VanHooser also explained some of the factors impacting the 2013 budget.

For expenses:

• Increased courthouse security; $100,000

• Increased jail medical/nursing contract: $45,000

• Increased library funding: $35,552

• Decreased election expenses: $26,600

• Decreased debt services expenses: $292,133

• Increased health insurance costs: $54,500

For revenue:

• Decreased prisoner board: $100,000

• Decreased interest income: $30,000

• East Central Solid Waste dividend: $237,000

• Make up for $530,077 fund balance used in 2012

VanHooser explained how the county funds several community organizations, which are proposed to be budgeted in 2013 at the same level as 2012:

• Agricultural Society: $9,000

• Central MN Initiative Fund: $5,850

• Commission on Aging: $28,800

• Historical Society: $15,300

• Humane Society: $4,500

• Refuge: $21,240

• Safe Cab: $1,800

• Soil & Water District: $27,000

• Historic Building: $1,800

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