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Renville County, Minn., proposes 3.85 percent levy increase

OLIVIA -- Renville County's net levy would rise by 3.85 percent if a preliminary budget adopted Tuesday by the board of commissioners receives final approval.

The county commissioners approved a preliminary levy of $12,727,151 for next year.

The net levy reflects an increase of $472,726 as compared to 2012.

More than one-half of the increase is attributed to a decision to set aside $250,000 toward an expanded road and bridge program being developed by the County Board.

The county also needed to increase its levy due to an anticipated increase by $60,000 in mandates placed by the state on the county, but not funded, according to Sara Folsted, county administrator.

The commissioners also approved a preliminary $280,000 levy for the Housing and Redevelopment Agency/Economic Development Authority, the same as last year.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 before adopting a final budget.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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