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Olmsted Co. finalizes 4.9% tax increase

December 20, 2018

A $221.6 million budget for next year, including a 4.9 percent tax increase, won approval from Olmsted County commissioners on Tuesday.

Little comment preceded the commissioners’ unanimous vote. The budget includes $102 million from property taxes. That’s $4.8 million more than was collected this year.

Tuesday’s meeting offered the third public presentation of the budget and levies, which have remained largely unchanged since being proposed last month.

Additionally, the commissioners approved the $2.5 million Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy collected from throughout the county, except in Stewartville, which has its own authority.

The HRA levy is a $750,000 increase to the amount collected this year for programs that include housing rehabilitation and homeless prevention, as well as plans for development.

In addition to setting the budget and levies, commissioners approved a 2.75 percent pay increase for all county employees not covered by union agreements that provide similar wage adjustments.

For elected officials, commissioners authorized 3.25 percent salary increases for themselves, which puts their salaries at $43,820, a $1,379 increase from this year’s pay.

County Attorney Mark Ostrem will receive a $176,391 annual salary, up from $170,839 this year.

Sheriff Kevin Torgerson’s pay will be $142,561, up from $138,074.

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