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Health director seeks 33% tax rate increase

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Wright says revenue needed cover Medicaid shortfall, end employee furlough days

By Ben Carlson

The county’s health director is proposing a 33 percent property tax rate increase to make up for funds his department did not receive from a Medicaid insurance provider and end furlough days for employees.
Director Tim Wright is asking the county’s board of health to increase the tax rate from 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 40 cents, an increase of 33 percent. That increase is expected to generate $150,000 in additional revenue, from about $460,000 to $610,000, a 32.6 percent increase.


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