Chisago County Board approves 2014 budget, levy

The Chisago County Board of Commissioners at its Thursday meeting approved a budget and property tax levy that keep in line with the status quo over the past half-decade.

For the sixth year in a row, the board approved a property tax levy that’s either flat or a reduction from the previous year.

This year’s property tax levy is a $50,000 reduction from last year’s levy.

The budget and levy were approved via a 3-2 vote, with commissioners Ben Montzka, Rick Greene and George McMahon voting in favor and commissioners Lora Walker and Mike Robinson casting dissenting votes.

Robinson wanted to modify the budget by giving money to the University of Minnesota Extension and the Chisago County Senior Center, but his motion died for lack of a second.

Walker offered a motion that would have reduced the levy an additional $200,000 by using county Health and Human Service reserve funds; that motion also did not secure a second.

She also motioned to use the county’s contingency fund to give $400 to Extension and $30,000 to the Senior Center, which would be used for temporary funding, but her motion failed by a 2-3 vote, according to Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt.

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