Carver County commissioners approved a preliminary 4.9 percent property tax levy increase for the county’s preliminary 2019 budget.
The preliminary levy increase raises the county’s property tax on an average-valued ($336,900) home by $44 annually to $1,200, or 3.8 percent, according to a Carver County press release.
County Administrator David Hemze presented the recommended 2019 levy and budget during a Sept. 4 commissioner meeting meeting. Hemze noted that the 2019 budget is significantly impacted by societal trends and cost shifts from the state to the county in support of health and human services, particularly increased foster-care costs for high-need children, and additional funding to address homelessness, family assistance, child protection services and associated legal costs, according to the press release.
“With the expansive growth the county has experienced, more fiscal demands have been placed upon our health and human services division. This budget balances those service needs against a manageable tax impact for our residents,” Hemze said.
The preliminary 2019 budget also adds additional staff to meet service demands from the County’s increasing population, which recently surpassed 100,000. The staff identified $700,000 in cost-saving adjustments and new, non-tax levy revenue, the release stated.