The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors approved its 2001-2002 fiscal budget this week after a public hearing on the proposed budget.
Members of the Buena Vista County Farm Bureau in attendance said the supervisors are going in the right direction in an attempt to keep taxes and ending fund balances low.
Supervisor chair Lorna Burnside said the ending fund balance for 2000 was higher than the board expected. "It's higher than we need," she said.
The levy was cut by approximately $300,000, decreasing levy rates to $4.26 for urban and $6.63 for rural areas.
County departments are also showing improvements in decreasing levies. County mental health has a maximum levy of $660,000, but is only levying $227,000 for the next fiscal year.