Proposed County budget lowers levy by 4.6 mills; property valuations up
The proposed 2020 Lincoln County budget, published in the Aug. 22 issue of the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, forecasts a higher overall expenditure of $8.5 million, compared to the anticipated $8 million for 2019, but a lower estimated tax rate of 97.541 mills, 4.6 mills lower, compared to the estimated 102.152 mills for the current year, and nearly 10 mills lower going back to 2018.
Lincoln County Clerk Dawn Harlow explained that the mill levy was able to be lowered partially due to expenditure cuts in several departments, including employee benefits and appropriations, and partially because revenues were higher than anticipated once adjustments were made to the current year budget.
Harlow said that prior to making cuts, the preliminary budget, as prepared by auditor Lindburg Vogel Pierce Faris, Chartered, with instructions from the Board of County Commissioners to make no adjustments to the center (current year) column, indicated an approximately $500,000 shortfall.
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