County approves 2023 budget



The Campbell County Commission approved the 2023 budget at a special meeting Sept. 20.

The total of all the various funds included in the budget is $5,052,127. Of that total, the general fund and the road and bridge fund make up the vast majority. The general fund budget is $2,518,627 and the road and bridge fund budget is $2,432,500. Together these two funds account for about 98 percent of the total budget.

The budget is financed by a combination of property taxes, cash balance reserves, and other various revenue sources. For the general fund, the property tax request will be $1,498,584. Other major revenue sources include a cash balance applied of $749,087, intergovernmental revenue of $261,700 and charges for goods and services of $126,120.

The property tax request for the road and bridge fund is $312,744. Other revenue sources for that budget include cash applied of $692,257, intergovernmental revenue of $815,225 and other financing sources totaling $700,000.

Specific tax levies will be $2.068 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the general fund, $.355 per $1,000 for the highway and bridge reserve levy and $.010 per $1,000 for the courthouse building levy. The secondary roads tax levy (applies only to property owners in the rural areas of the county) will be $.081 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The total property tax levy for county purposes for the 2023 budget will be $2.433 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That compares with the total property tax levy for the

2022 budget of $2.399. The secondary roads tax levy of $.081 compares to $.079 in the 2022 budget.

There are no major changes in the 2023 budget as compared to the 2022 budget. Inflationary pressures, along with wage and salary changes, account for most of the increase.

The commissioners noted the county tax request is only one portion of the total tax bill individual property owners receive. The total bill includes taxes for other governmental entities, such as the communities in the county, school districts, fire districts, etc.

In other business, the commission:

• Heard that there may be some movement onaPhase2ofthe Campbell County Wind Farm. County Director of Equalization Jill Hoogeveen had recently received a phone call from an official with the company saying they would like to visit with county officials about potential plans. Hoogeveen said she would like to have some or all of the county commissioners involved with those discussions. No specific date for a meeting has been set yet.

• Received a brief update from Commissioners Scott Rau and Bryan Fjeldheim on a meeting they had with the Campbell County 4-H Leaders Association on Sept. 13 to review the county 4-H program for the past year.

• Held two separate executive sessions (public and press excluded) for personnel. No action was taken upon coming out of either of the executive sessions.

• Set the next regular monthly meeting for 9 a.m. Oct. 4.

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