County budget hearing Thursday

The Washington County Board of Commissioners invites the public to comment on the county’s proposed 2013 property tax levies and budget at 6 p.m. Thursday in the fifth-floor Board Room at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater.

Commissioners have been reviewing the budget and levy proposals since Sept. 11, when they adopted a preliminary budget.

The proposed budget calls for no increase in the county property tax levy or levy for the Land and Water Legacy Program. Non-property tax revenues, which include service fees and state and federal funding, are projected to remain the same as in 2012.

The proposed 2013 county budget includes a net tax levy of $86.1 million, and non-levy revenue of $80.1 million. It calls for operating expenditures of $142.8 million, and capital expenditures of $18.3 million.

The proposed budget is a 2.1 percent increase in operating expenditures and a decrease of 13 percent in capital expenditures from the previous year.

The proposed Regional Rail Authority levy is $574,800; the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority proposed levy is $3.3 million.

Those who own a home valued at $250,000, assuming an 8 percent value reduction from 2012 to 2013, should see a $23 reduction in the county portion of the annual property tax bill if the proposed budget is approved.

For more information on the county’s budget, call the Office of Administration at 651-430-6001.