|County adopts budget; assessed value increases $13.3 million|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Phillips County commissioners adopted the 2014 county budget Dec. 9.
The county mill levy has remained at 28.28 since 1992. The commissioners again adopted the mill levy of 28.28.
The county’s assessed value has increased $13,318,696 from $60,314,002 in 2012 to $73,632,698 in 2013. There was $1,325,130 of new construction in the county and an increase in agricultural property and natural gas production. Overall property tax collection will increase for the county by $376,653.
The county general fund budget was increased from $2,819,237 in 2013 to $2,924,544 in 2014.
Changes in the 2014 budget include limited capital expenditure requests, a flat $50/month of additional pay per qualified employee, regular employee step increases and increased health care costs. Most other budget items remain stable.
The salary compensation plan put in place Jan. 1, 2000, will be adjusted for cost of living by 1.5 percent in 2014.
The county’s health insurance increased 10 percent overall. The county picks up the lion’s share of the increase, but employees also pay from 20-35 percent of the premium, depending on their plan. Their costs increased proportionally. The county provides six health plans, all carrying a deductible which the county will actually pick up in 2014.
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