The Barron County Board of Supervisors took a glance at the first draft of the 2020 budget at its Sept. 16 meeting.

Final adjustments are still being made, and the Executive Committee must recommend  approval of the proposed budget by the County Board before it is published in the county’s newspapers.

As of now, it looks like the total budget will be $66 million. That is up from a $61.4 million budget in 2019, due to a variety of factors.

Administrator Jeff French said equalized valuations and county sales tax revenues are going up equally, and that’s a good thing. Because of that, the mill rate will go up only 0.4%.

He said if the mill rate kept up with inflation, it would be at 7%, but the equalized valuations and county sales tax revenue are keeping the rate down to an expected 5.09 mills.

The administrator said the tax levy has averaged 2.74% over the past 15 years, and recommends a slight increase to 2.75%.

“However, I urge caution because unlike prior years and with the newly-passed state budget, there are many more moving parts than in prior years,” French said.

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