If you live in Becker County, your county property tax levy may decline by 1.43 percent in 2014. The County's budget is ready for adoption and the property tax levy was decreased by .23 percent and will likely decline an additional 1.2 percent when new construction is added to the formula.
The Becker County Commissioners kept their promise of delivering on tax relief by focusing on fiscal restraint the last several years.
Becker County is one of a few of the state's 87 counties expected to reduce their 2014 property-tax levies. It is expected that nearly 67 Minnesota counties will increase their levies, however, that number could change when governments prepare to finish their budget work by the end of December.
"Becker County's organizational culture has traditionally been cost conscious, and stresses three values: being efficient, effective and responsive," Ingstad said. If a need emerges, the practice is to "first look at how to reallocate some of our current resources to meet that need, instead of just trying to find more tax revenues."
Becker County is responsible for services ranging from public safety, jails, to transportation infrastructure to human services. "Although everything we do is important, it is the job of the elected officials to determine which activities are more critically important to more people. The County is also focused on keeping a good workforce by providing appropriate wages and benefits."