County tax levy now up 7.39 percentAs its certification deadline nears, Douglas County’s projected 2009 tax levy increase continues to go down.
As its certification deadline nears, Douglas County’s projected 2009 tax levy increase continues to go down.
Anticipating bargain bids on the pending jail building project, county commissioners on Thursday approved measures that would set next year’s tax levy increase at $21.9 million, or 7.39 percent – more than 2 percentage points lower than the 9.74 percent increase presented at the county’s Truth in Taxation hearing December 4.
“I’m pretty pleased to be able to get [the 2009 levy] this low,” said Tom Reddick, county auditor/treasurer. “Of course, I’d be happier if there was no increase.
“And truthfully, there would be almost no increase if we didn’t have to do this [jail].”
Commissioners reduced next year’s levy increase by about $459,000 by shifting the county’s 2009 bonding plans – changing the kind of loan that will be used to finance the county’s new public works building, and delaying about $3 million in capital improvement bonds toward the new Law Enforcement Center and countywide public safety radio system upgrade.