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County sets preliminary levy

Douglas County commissioners approved a preliminary tax levy at Tuesday's regular board meeting. The levy was tentatively set at $27,240,300, which is a 2.99 percent increase from 2018.

In 2017 the county levy was originally set at $27 million, a 3.96 percent increase, before officially being set at $26.4 million — an increase of 1.84 percent.

The preliminary levy is always set higher to leave room for unexpected items, according to Char Rosenow, the county's auditor-treasurer. However, after making final changes to the budget, the actual levy almost always comes in lower.

Rosenow will present detailed information about the county's budget and levy at the budget hearing meeting, which has been set for Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the county board room.

Here's a look at previous levies:

• 2018: $26.4 million — 1.84 percent increase

• 2017: $25.9 million — 1.96 percent increase

• 2016: $25.4 million — No change

• 2015: $25.4 million — 0.47 percent decrease

• 2014: $25.6 million — 4.25 percent increase

In other action

County commissioners approved the following items:

• A request to fill a social worker vacancy.

• A contract with Land of the Dancing Sky, which provides services for senior citizens.

• A contract with Breitbach Construction Company from Elrosa for the Lake Brophy County Park bathhouse project.

• A courthouse meeting room rental fee increase, which was set at $200 per day effective Jan. 1 and will be increased by $10 each year thereafter.

• A resolution with Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management, including solid waste service fee of $99 per year.

• A donation of $500 from Gaylord Beck to the Douglas County Sheriff's Honor Guard.

• A donation of $150 from Michael Roelofs to the Douglas County Sheriff's Honor Guard.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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