Rice County


Resolution #17-046/Setting Preliminary 2018 Net Tax Levy




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WHEREAS, the Rice County mission is to proactively address the needs of the public we service in an efficient and effective manner to enhance the quality of life for the citizens; and


WHEREAS, the County Board members, County administrator and department heads have carefully reviewed budget submissions and made adjustments to fit within the priorities and goals established by the County Board; and


WHEREAS, the County Board has made a conscientious decision to invest in the improvement of the commercial/industrial tax base through the use of tax abatement and other economic development tools and incentives; and


WHEREAS, the County Board finds it necessary to utilize fund balance to balance this budget and has done so according to policy; and


WHEREAS, the preliminary levy hereby adopts state aids to be what is certified to the County by the Department of Revenue; and


WHEREAS, the County Board has determined that fee adjustments maybe necessary to offset the cost of services which helps reduce the general property tax levy subsidy of those services and will provide an opportunity for citizen input at a public hearing; and


WHEREAS, the preliminary tax levy is required by statute to be set by September 30th and subsequent final adoption may not exceed this amount; and


WHEREAS, it is the intent of the County Board to continue to examine the County budget over the next few months and to make adjustments according to County Board priorities and resource limitations; and


WHEREAS, the taxpayers of Rice County will be notified of the impact of the preliminary tax levy on their truth in taxation statements sent out in November and will be provided an opportunity to provide input regarding the proposed net tax levy and budget at the public hearing December 7th at 7:00 p.m. held in the Rice County Board Room.


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Rice County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes its preliminary net tax levy at $25,067,965 for the 2018 annual budget. This amount represents a 5.89% increase over last year’s final adopted net tax levy. The County Board of Commissioners also hereby allows the Rice County Housing and Redevelopment Authority to levy $75,590 for its 2018 annual budget.  This represents a 19.36% decrease over last year’s final adopted net tax levy.




Dated this 12th day of September, 2017.



                                                                                    RICE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS





                                                                                    Jake Gillen, Chairperson







Sara Folsted, County Administrator