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COLUMBUS — The Platte County Board of Supervisors approved a $45.2 million budget for 2017-18 that includes a property tax asking that's lower than last fiscal year.

Road and bridge projects make up a large chunk of the budget approved during Tuesday's meeting. About $12 million is in the roads fund.

A few of the bigger projects scheduled for county roads this fiscal year include paving work on Third Avenue and 53rd Street for about $1.7 million; paving and bridge work north of Lindsay on 445th Avenue from Highway 91 for $2.5 million; and about $1.2 million in paving along a section of road near Tarnov.

The county's property tax request is approximately $10.5 million, a slight drop from last year’s $10.68 million. The tax levy was set at 19.157 cents per $100 in valuation, a decrease from 19.821 cents in 2016-17.

Under the approved levy, property owners would pay $191.57 in annual taxes on a $100,000 home to support the county.

“Naturally, the budget dollars are up a little, but again for the fifth or sixth year in a row, the levy has gone down. It’s easier when valuations go up for levies to go down,” said Jerry Engdahl, chairman of the county board.

The county’s certified property valuation for this year is $5.39 billion, an approximately 2 percent increase from last year’s amount of $5.31 billion.

Of the 2017-18 property tax request, $9.2 million will go to the general fund, $1.09 million for highway bonds and $125,000 to Columbus Public Library.

At an earlier meeting, the board set levies for county subdivisions, including townships, fire districts, the library and agricultural society.

In other business, the board approved:

• giving $3,000 to a fund used by the Veterans’ Service Office to assist veterans and their families.

• adopting a resolution to display the motto “In God We Trust” inside the courthouse. A location to post the sign will be decided later.


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