Proposed county budget available online, includes tax increases

The proposed Cascade County budget for fiscal year 2019 is now available on the county website.

Commissioners have called a special meeting for Sept. 4 at 9:30 a.m. to conduct a public hearing and vote on the budget, which will include tax increases.

“This is one of the most important action,” the commission takes each year, Commissioner Jane Weber said during the Aug. 28 meeting.

A hard copy of the budget is also available in the commission officer and Mary Embleton, county budget officer, said she’s available to answer questions between now and the public hearing.

Embleton will make a budget presentation with details on the impact of tax changes to property owners during the Sept. 4 meeting.

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Embleton told commissioners that the budget includes a net deficit of $1.5 million since they set expenditures high and revenues low, so the actual net will likely change throughout the budget year.

Embleton told The Electric that there’s about $990,000 in new tax revenue, which is made up in part my newly taxable property and increased tax levies.

The budget includes two mills for the disaster levy as a result of the June flooding in the county to cover unanticipated expenses for road repairs.

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The county also intends to take the maximum inflationary factor and permissive medical levy, Embleton told The Electric.

The agenda for the Sept. 4 meeting should be posted on the county website no later than Wednesday morning.