The Washington County Board of Commissioners set the county’s 2020 budget and levy Dec 17.

The board certified:

• a tax levy of $115.7 million for county operations, capital, and debt service; 

• the Washington County Regional Rail Authority levy of $660,000; and

• the board consented to the property tax levy set by the Washington County Community Development Agency at $5.42 million.

The board has been reviewing the 2020 recommended budget, which will be partially supported by the levies, since late summer. This levy amount is estimated to produce a reduction in the county tax rate.

Expenditures for 2020 adopted by the County Board total $281 million. Of that, $227 million is operating expenditures, $38 million is capital project funds, and $15.9 million is for debt service.

The Board also adopted 2020 expenditures for the Regional Rail Authority in the amount of $689,000.

Archives of the webstreamed meetings at which the board members discussed the budget are on the county website at www.co.washington.mn.us. Budget presentations may also be viewed on the website by using the search word “budget.”

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