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No millage increase in county budget plan

December 2, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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County residents will not see a millage increase in 2021 if the version of the budget presented at the Wednesday county commissioners meeting is approved.

Ann Brown, the county's budget and human services finance director, presented the budget at the meeting.

The $189 million proposed 2021 budget holds the county millage rate at 27.6.626 mills. A mill generates $1 in revenue for each $1,000 of a property's assessed value.

The $69.7 million general fund budget will be funded through an estimated $50.7 million from real estate taxes, almost $13 million in general fund revenue and $6 million in the fund balance carryover from this year, Brown said.

She said after researching each year's county budget going back to 2008 and considering the effects of the pandemic on the county's finances, the targeted real estate tax collection rate was set at 97.55%.

The commissioners are expected to approve a final version of the 2021 budget at their Dec. 23 meeting.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appears in Thursday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.

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