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Commissioners to consider tax levy

Proposal 1.85 percent over 2012 levy

September 1, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider establishing the 2013 proposed property tax levy for certification at $11,384.513 Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The amount is a 1.86 percent increase over the total 2012 certified levy, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

Proposed expenditures increased $3,402,983 or 12.4 percent from 2012 including a $3,280,000 increase in highway department road construction expenses based on an updated five-year plan that included the State Highway 258 Turn-back project for 2013, according to the RBA.

The 2013 expenditure budget is subject to further review by commissioners this fall.

Last year, the county board did not change its 2012 certified levy. Average levy increases from 1994 through 2012 were 5.4 percent, 4.5 percent from 2003 through 2012 and 3.9 percent from 2008 through 2012, according to the RBA.

Commissioners will also consider:

Scheduling a public meeting on the proposed 2013 county budget and levy 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, (or after 6 p.m. on another date between Nov. 27 and Dec. 26, 2012) in the District Courtroom on the courthouse third floor; and revise the start of the Dec. 11 county board meeting to 4 p.m.

The final budget and levy is suggested to be adopted by the county board on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The final property tax levy that will be approved by the county board in December may be equal to or less than the 2013 proposed property tax levy approved by the county board on Sept. 4.

Approving Emergency Management Director Laine Sletta to attend the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents course in Anniston, Ala. Nov. 4-9, 2012.

A group of New Ulm Medical Center and City of New Ulm officials are planning to attend the course targeted at hospital, public health, emergency medical and emergency management staff. Participants learn how to respond to a disaster through a series of lectures and exercises involving a mass casualty situation that mimics real life as much as possible.

Training is done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness, according to the RBA.

Signing a $36,461 Motorola contract for an additional New Ulm ARMER 800 MHz radio site channel. Funding comes from the $98,000 2010 State Homeland Security Grant for ARMER infrastructure.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse commissioner's room.

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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