County passes preliminary levy

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A 4.5 percent preliminary increase in Swift County’s tax levy for 2016 was unanimously passed by the county board of commissioners at its meeting Sept. 15.

The increase would raise county taxes for next year’s net levy to $9,930,278, an increase of $423,313. The increase will go to cover added personnel costs, technology improvements, and increased costs of operations.

Commissioners were required by state law to adopt a preliminary levy prior to Sept. 15. While the final levy adopted in December can’t be increased over what was adopted last week, commissioners can vote to reduce the amount.

It took three motions, with the first two failing, before the county board could come to an agreement on how much to raise taxes for next year. The final amount was a compromise with some commissioners feeling it was too high and at least one thinking it was too low to meet the county’s needs.

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