Commissioners to act on proposed levy

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners are requested to establish the 2014 proposed property tax levy for certification to the County Auditor/Treasurer Tuesday in the amount of $11,747.300.

The draft 2014 levy is a 3.19 percent increase over the 2013 certified levy and is based on a draft 2014 county budget of $30,770,442, according to a Request for Board Action (RBA).

The draft 2014 county budget includes $101,697 in contingency funds that if unspent, have the effect of replacing part of the reserves expended on special projects such as the 2010 Facility Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Improvement Project, according to the RBA.

Other budget general contingencies (unknown cost levels) include 2014 open labor contracts, out-of-home placement costs over budgeted expenses, high-profile prosecution and investigation cases, extraordinary expenses pertaining to civil commitment proceedings, preventative and acute health care for county jail inmates, and mid-year state aid/grant reductions as were realized in 2003, 2008, 2009, and 2011, according to the RBA.

The final budget and levy is suggested to be adopted by the County Board on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The final property tax levy approved by the County Board in December can be equal to or lower, but not higher than the 2014 proposed tax levy approved on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Other County Board agenda items include:

Scheduling a public meeting on the proposed 2014 county budget and levy for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, or another date after 6 p.m. in the District Courtroom on the courthouse third floor; and revise the start time of the Dec. 3, 2013 County Board meeting to 4:30 p.m.

Increasing the vaccine administration fee from $14 to $18 per vaccine. The Brown County Public Health Dept. request is being made to increase 3rd party payer reimbursement without increasing the fee too much for those that pay out-of-pocket, according to the RBA. The new fee would be closer to actual administration cost.

A $1,344 tile washout drainage ditch repair request for CD #52, Section 29, North Home Township, a normal maintenance repair.

Tax Court Updates including a $349,300 valuation reduction from $4,219,900 to $3,870,600 for Dayton Hudson Corp. (Target) 2013 Assessment for Payable 2014 taxes; and a K-Mart abatement for payable 2014 taxes at $2,300,000, a $211,000 Tax Court Settlement reduction. K-Mart requests a $149,000 2013 valuation reduction for payable 2014 taxes to match the tax court settlement.

Charles Hauser abatement reducing the 2013 estimated market value for taxes payable 2014 from $363,000 to $351,700, since home square footage was recalculated by a county assessor using revised floor plans.

Approve and schedule a public hearing at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 for a proposed amendment to the Brown County Local Water Management Plan.

The County Board meeting starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday in the courthouse commissioner’s room.

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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