Beltrami Board of Commissioners Discuss Budget

By: News Intern Katherine Jones

BEMIDJI- The Beltrami Board of Commissioners met earlier this week for a work session. During this work session, county commissioners were able to review both the proposed budget and tax levy for 2020. The levy discussed Tuesday comes to $24.8 million, an increase of 5.85 percent from this year’s $23.4 million.

According to budget material from County Administrator Kay Mack, one of the factors driving the levy up are new positions costing $279,079.

Budget documents also show an increase for public safety and for human services.

In total, expenses in the proposed budget is $82.6 million. According to the Bemidji Pioneer, the board will vote on the preliminary budget and levy on September 17 before taking final action in December. Details on the 2020 budget are now available on the Beltrami county website.

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