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Linn County Board of Supervisors approves $130 million budget

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Linn County Board of Supervisors Communications Director Joi Bergman said in a news release Monday that the board unanimously approved its $130 million budget for fiscal year 2012. 

The budget included a 5 cent increase in the property tax levy rate from 2011.  The rate for FY12 is $6.12 per $1,000 of taxable value.  Bergman says the increase is to pay down debt from flood recovery projects.  Bergman says a homeowner will see an increase of approximately four percent in property taxes; however, this is primarily due to the rollback change from the State of Iowa. Linn County's 5-cent increase in the levy rate is less than one percent. In FY12, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $297 for the county portion of their property tax bill.

"Our goals were to keep the levy rate low, pay down our flood recovery debt and have minimal impact to services," Linn County Board of Supervisors chairman Ben Rogers said. "The Budgeting for Outcomes approach that we used caused us to make some difficult decisions, but we found some efficiencies and created a responsible budget that met our goals."

The Board of Supervisors also says it implemented a new budgeting process for FY12 called Budgeting for Outcomes. The process began by identifying expected revenues and setting the budget based on those revenues. Departments were asked to reduce their budgets by 1.5 percent based on their FY11 budget. Departments were then allowed to present program offers to the Board of Supervisors to fund projects and services using $1.8 million set aside from the reductions. During the budget planning sessions with the Board of Supervisors, departments and elected officials presented their budget requests and offers based on Linn County's strategic plan. The Board of Supervisors reviewed these budget offers and approved requests that met strategic priorities within budget.

Property taxes make up 46 percent of Linn County's FY12 budget. The remaining funding sources include intergovernmental, charges for services, licenses and permits and other taxes.

Approximately 16 percent of property taxes paid by Linn County property owners in incorporated areas are used to fund Linn County government operations and services. The remaining 84 percent of property taxes goes to the property tax payer's city of residence, school district and other taxing bodies in the county. Linn County taxes represent slightly more than one-third of property taxes for rural residents.

During its meeting Monday, the Board of Supervisors also unanimously accepted the Compensation Board's FY12 salary recommendations for elected officials with no changes.

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