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County sets preliminary 5% levy hike

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners is proposing a 5 percent increase in its levy for 2017. The board adopted the preliminary levy Tuesday morning on a unanimous vote.
The proposed increase will generate about $939,700 additional revenue for the county. The 2016 levy was $18,793,585, the proposed 2017 levy is $19,733,264.
Commissioner Paul Wright said the proposed increase is rooted mostly in “investing in our workforce.”
Wright noted that the county will need to act on the results of a classification study and market study that may increase salaries for many employees. The county also is the current negotiations cycle and has yet to see the outcome of those.
“Those issues were definitely a huge part of our 5 percent increase,” said Wright.
Commissioner Sheldon Nies said the full county board spent last Wednesday “in a very long, budget marathon meeting and it seems that for operating and maintaining the services we have now, this is appropriate.”

For more, see the Sept. 21 print edition of The Chronicle.