Buena Vista County will be proposing its 2008-09 budget to the public in a public hearing on March 11.
Proposed tax rates per $1,000 taxable valuation for the urban areas is $7.617, up 21 cents over the current budget. Proposed tax rates for the rural areas will remain the same at $10.525.
The total budget predicts expenditures of $16.4 million, down by over $2 million from the current year's budget, in which the law enforcement center was completed.
Tax revenue as proposed is $5.9 million as compared to $5.2 million last year.
Capital projects will be down by 50 percent for the upcoming year. Debt service will also fall.
The largest spending increase will be in the roads and transportation area.
Road costs jump 9 percent from last year's budget to a new proposed budgeted $4 million.
Increasing 8 percent and slightly above from last year's budget are the areas of government services ($605,587), administration ($1.24 million) and physical health and social services by ($1.2 million.)
Also seeing increases over last year are the areas of mental health ($1.6 million), public safety ($2.5 million) and county environment and education ($654,000).
Auditor Karen Strawn said the additional funds being asked for include the increase of landfill costs to the county, the maintenance of an additional building (the new law enforcement center), remodeling at the courthouse, funds to hire a new data processor and a new program being implemented as required by law that requires inspection of septic tanks of homes being sold in the county.
The public hearing for this proposed budget is set for March 11 at 11 a.m. in the public meeting room on the second floor of the Buena Vista County Courthouse.