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County sets 2014 budget hearing

Humboldt County Farm Bureau leaders met with Humboldt County officials last week to discuss county secondary roads, public safety, drainage and budget priorities. Pictured front row from left are: Doug Adams, president, Mike Coleman, Corie Erickson and Brent Naeve. Back row from left: Norm Olson, Joel Zeman, vice president, Rick Pederson, voting delegate, and Mark Olson. Humboldt Independent photo.

County taxes are expected to go down in the coming year, at least the portion levied by Humboldt County.
After several budget work sessions over the past month, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors have adopted a budget for fiscal 2013-14, the budget year that begins July 1.
The general basic levy is expected to decrease by a nickel per $1,000 assessed valuation. Also the mental health fund levy is expected to be reduced by the same amount. The total levy is expected to decline from the current $10.12 per $1,000, to $10.02, under the new budget. The figures reflect overall numbers and are not broken down according to urban dwellers and rural residents.
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors met Feb. 13, and set a budget hearing for Monday, March 11, at 8:45 a.m., in the supervisor meeting room at the Humboldt County Courthouse.
County Auditor Peggy Rice reports that the general basic budgeted expenses will decrease by $30,739, to just over $3 million. General supplemental expenses will increase by $51,820, to $922,742. Total mental health expenses are expected to increase slightly, by $30,087.
Changes in the allocation of mental health through a state restructuring plan explains the decrease in the mental health levy. The changes require a $47.28 per capita levy based on 2011 population figures for the county. Because of the changes, the actual amount allocated for mental health will decrease by more than half, to $525,786, while case management services will increase by $435,558.
The rural services levy will remain at $3.95 per $1,000, and the budgeted expenses for those departments will increase by $139,304, to just over $1.6 million.
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