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Minnehaha Co. board approves property tax hike for 2013

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The Minnehaha County Commission has approved an almost $50 property tax increase to adopt its Fiscal Year 2013 Provisional Budget.

On Tuesday, commissioners approved the Provisional Budget of $65,772,884, which is an increase of $2,549,634 from the FY 2012 Minnehaha County Budget adopted last year.

The provisional budget is supported by a $4 million opt out of property tax revenues due to sharp declines in non-property tax, general fund revenues from the previous year. According to a news release from the Minnehaha County Commissioners Office, rising costs of public safety have also shaped the structural deficit.

The commission's office said the most significant reduction came from prisoner revenues. The county commission reduced its estimated prisoner revenue by $600,000 for next year because board of prisoner revenue continues to decrease.

The Provisional Budget also includes six new employee positions. The positions are mainly in the public safety department: one deputy sheriff sergeant in the jail, a deputy states attorney, victim witness assistant, a paralegal in the states attorney's office and the public defender's office, and an engineering specialist in the highway department.

According to the Minnehaha County Commission, through the FY 2013 Provisional Budget an owner of a $150,000 property will see an increase of $50.05 in the county portion of their tax bill in 2013.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is being held during the Minnehaha County Commission meeting at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 4. The final Fiscal Year 2013 Minnehaha County Budget must be adopted by September 25.   

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