The Washington County Board of Supervisors held the first of two public hearings on the 2019-20 budget Tuesday during its regular meeting.

The county has proposed a 10 percent property tax increase that would raise the levy just over a penny per $100 of valuation. The tax request would generate $12.98 million.

Chairman Steve Dethlefs, District 1-Fort Calhoun, attributed the increase to a personnel cost increase, which was about $300,000, and the County Road 4 bonds, which is $392,793.

Supervisor Steve Kruger, District 6-Arlington, said the available funds are also down $432,683.

“That's one of the reasons we're asking for more tax dollars this year than the previous year,” Kruger said.

Property owners will pay $408 per $100,000 of valuation, meaning the owner of a $200,000 house will owe $816 in taxes.

The county's valuation is $3.2 billion for 2019-20, a 5 percent increase over the previous year.

A second public hearing will be held at the board's Sept. 10 meeting.

Washington County by the numbers

Taxes and valuations

2019-20 total tax request (not finalized): $12.98 million

2018-19 total tax request: $11.8 million

2019-20 tax rate (not finalized): 0.408063

2018-19 tax rate: 0.390073

2019-20 valuation: $3.2 billion

2018-19 valuation: $3.03 billion

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