Buena Vista County proposes a slight decrease in the urban and rural levy rates for fiscal year 2007, according to Auditor Karen Strawn.
"With the slight increase in valuation due mostly to the wind turbines, the tax asking of $6,272,705 is up $55,335 or .9 percent over the current year of $6,217,370," she said.
Fiscal year 2007 spending of $4,401,850 for construction of the new law enforcement center will cause a one-year increase in total spending of 27 percent.
"All other expenditures total $13,789,980, including debt for the LEC, which is down $424,562 from the current year," Auditor Strawn added.
Last year's budget included expenditures of nearly $800,000 more in the secondary road fund for roads and roadway construction. The county will borrow $125,000 for electronic equipment and software and will spread the cost over three years.
Values for residential property are rolled back to 45.9960 percent of their assessed valuation; values for commercial property are rolled back to 99.1509 percent. There is no rollback on agland.
The public hearing for the county's fiscal year 2007 budget is March 14 at 11 a.m. at Vista County Courthouse.