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Goodhue County proposes 1.9 percent budget increase

RED WING — Goodhue County is discussing a levy increase of 1.9 percent, which would raise an additional $500,000 for the 2012 budget. That figure had been virtually flat since 2009.

In addition to the levy increase, the county has allocated another $460,150 from its fund balance to account for a budget of just over $54 million.

The tax rate of 48.31 in the county's highest since 2006, though the change to Homestead Market Value law in Minnesota also plays a role in the increase.

Goodhue County will set its final levy on Dec. 20.

"As things get tighter and tighter, it becomes a month-to-month process," said Goodhue County finance director Carolyn Holmsten, noting discussions have been ongoing since last January.

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Just one citizen showed up to Thursday's public comment period with questions about her taxes.

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