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2017 Adopted Budget
On November 3rd meeting, the Washington County Board adopted the 2017 capital and operating budget.

The 2017 budget not only maintains the tax rate, but actually reduces it for the fourth consecutive year despite the proposed $1,203,917 tax levy increase. The County's property tax rate will decline from $2.6019 per $1,000 in 2016 to $2.5776 per $1,000 in 2017 - the lowest County tax rate in nearly a half century. Property owners can determine the impact of the proposed budget by multiplying their assessed property or home value (in thousands) by the tax rate. The table below shows the calculation for several home value scenarios.

"This budget is really exciting for me," said County Administrator Joshua Schoemann. "It represents the beginning of some things that I've wanted to do since becoming administrator here two budgets ago: more transparently articulate the policy decisions within the budget to the public and use County priorities to make funding decisions."

The budget document now includes an expanded budget message, more information about County priorities and expanded information about department budgets that highlights personnel changes, things that were not previously provided as part of the public budget document.

Read more in the 2017 budget message.