Wright County preliminary levy up 6.52 percent

BUFFALO, MN – After a 17.3 percent levy increase in 2019, the 2020 increase will not exceed 6.52 following approval of the preliminary levy by the Wright County Board of Commissioners.

While the 2019 levy passed on a 3-2 vote, with commissioners Mark Daleiden and Charlie Borrell opposed, the 2020 preliminary levy passed unanimously.

The proposed budget is $160,949,532, an increase of $13,730,433, or 9.3 percent. That puts the preliminary tax levy at $78,587,512, compared to $73,652,160 in 2019.

“We should all take great pride in the fact it’s not last year’s number,” Commissioner Mike Potter said. “It was an anomaly you don’t want to revisit again.”

“We made the correction last year and can move forward with more reasonable numbers,” Commissioner Christine Husom said.

Daleiden thanked department heads for working with the board to make that possible. He and Potter said the levy increase should be covered by the growth in the county’s tax base.

“As long as your house didn’t see an increase in value, you really shouldn’t see a change in property taxes,” Daleiden said.

The board set a special meeting to approve the 2020 budget and levy for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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