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Wabasha County Board sets levies, budget and salaries

WABASHA — The Wabasha County Board on Monday increased the county levy from about $13 million this year $13.5 million in 2016.

That's about a 4 percent rise but when the 3.3 percent increase in property value is factored in, on average, taxes will rise closer to 2 percent, said County Administrator Michael Plante.

The budget was also increased 4 percent and will go to about $26 million next year, he said.

Earlier, the four elected county department heads were asked to say what they do and suggest salaries for next year. The board earlier this month set these salaries:

• County Attorney Kari Kelly had asked for $99,000, from her present $90,000 but the board set it at $92,000.


• Auditor/treasurer Denise Anderson has wanted to see her salary go from $69,927 to $80,989 but the board set it at $71,000.

• County Recorder Jeff Aitken had suggested his salary rise to about $75,000 but it was set at $69,700.

• Sheriff Rodney Bartsh didn't make a suggestion for his salary, and it will rise to $93,200 next year.

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