County Board to act on proposed 2014 budget, levy

By Fritz Busch

Staff Writer

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will host a public meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the courthouse district courtroom on the proposed 2014 Brown County Budget and Levy.

Department heads have been asked to be present at the meeting, estimated to last 30 minutes, to address budget questions specific to departmental staffing and programs.

Adoption of the final payable 2014 property tax levy and county budget will be considered by county commissioners meeting at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the courthouse commissioner’s room.

The $30,776,799 proposed budget is 0.35 percent less than the $30,885,961 2013 adopted budget. The 2014 certified budget levy is $11,747,300. Budget expenditures include $10,049,898 road & bridge, $8,762,663 human services, $5,042,501 public safety, $4,650,040 general government, $1,681,136 public health nursing, $429,796 culture & recreation and $160,765 conservation of natural resources.

Draft budget changes include a 2.25 percent base salary hike, from $11,135,537 to $11,385,732; and a 1.89 percent medical insurance reduction, from $1,815,692 to $1,781,407. As of Nov. 7, 2013, Brown County had 197 full-time and 70 part-time for 267 total employees. The figures include non-levy funded positions such as landfill and SCORE recycling.

The proposed 2014 budget tax rate is 38.2269, which is 5.8563 less than the 2013 certified rate of 44.0832, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

Commissioners will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the commissioner’s room to consider:

Ratification of the United Way Application, Anti-Terrorism Compliance Measures Certification, and Letter of Assurances for United Way of Brown County Area Grant Application for funding of the Follow Along Program (FAP) and Universal Contact Home Visiting programs; effective April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2016 for the requested amount of $2,500.

The FAP is a developmental screening tool that helps educate parents and keep them engaged in their child’s growth and development and identifies children with “at-risk” indicators as early as possible; enabling referrals for early childhood developmental assessments and interventions. The program budget is $76,600, according to the RFP.

Convening a closed session for labor negotiations strategy planning at 5 p.m. for LELS Local #94 and #98 and AFSCME Courthouse and Highway Collective Bargaining Units.

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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