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County sets proposed 2013 tax levy

Public meeting set for Dec. 11

September 5, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners established the 2013 proposed property tax levy for certification at $11,384,513 Tuesday.

The amount is a 1.86 percent increase over the total 2012 certified levy.

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.

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

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.

Commissioners set a public meeting on the proposed 2013 county budget and levy for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the courtroom on the courthouse third floor and revised the start of the Dec. 11 county board meeting to 4 p.m.

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

In other action, commissioners approved:

Emergency Management Director Laine Sletta's attendance at the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents course in Anniston, Ala, in November.

Staff time is the only local cost of the training. Travel, lodging and dining costs are provided to students by the federal government.

A group of New Ulm Medical Center and New Ulm officials are planning to attend the course, which is 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.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness provides the training.

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.

Mathiowetz Construction's $13,050 low bid to replace a failed culvert in Judicial Ditch 10 in Brown and Blue Earth counties. Other bids were Nelson Construction, $15,020; and Heiderscheidt Construction, $18,726. The county engineer's cost estimate was $18,000.

Costs will be divided by the percentage of pipe in each area. Lake Hanska Township will pay 58 percent of costs for work done in the township right-of-way.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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