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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Linn County Certifies Fiscal Year 2020 Budget With No Change in Levy Rate

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors today approved Linn County’s fiscal year 2020 budget which runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The FY20 budget of $157.3 million maintains the countywide levy rate of $5.84 per $1,000 of taxable value.

The rural levy rate, which is in addition to the countywide levy rate for residents who live in unincorporated Linn County, also remains unchanged at $2.71 and includes a reduction of one dollar for rural residents from the Local Option Sales Tax allocation. This reduction is a result of 25 percent of the Local Option Sales Tax revenue that provides property tax relief in the unincorporated areas.

Commercial and industrial property taxes also remain unchanged.

Agricultural property taxes will increase 3.1 percent in FY20 due to a change in the state agricultural rollback.

Even with no change in Linn County’s countywide levy rate, homeowners could still see a 2.3 percent increase in their county property taxes due to change in the state residential rollback.

Ending fund balance in Linn County’s general fund remains at 25 percent, as prescribed in Linn County’s financial policies.

Overall, the FY20 budget continues Linn County’s funding priorities of public safety, physical and mental health, roads and transportation, the environment, and capital improvements. This year, the budget includes funding for priorities such as the upcoming opening of the new Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Public Health and Child & Youth Development Services building, providing additional resources for public health and human services programs, and increasing information technology security. These priority areas are included in Linn County’s strategic plan (PDF), which focuses on customer satisfaction, high quality of life and financial health.

“We’re proud of the budget we’ve produced. It shows that our county takes seriously the responsibility of balancing the needs of our community with sound fiscal management,” Linn County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Stacey Walker said.

Linn County’s FY20 budget planning began in November 2018 led by Linn County Budget Director and CPA Dawn Jindrich. The budget was developed through more than 20 public meetings between the Linn County Board of Supervisors, other Linn County elected officials and department heads.

Linn County taxes account for approximately 16 percent of the overall tax bill paid by Linn County property owners in incorporated areas. The remaining 84 percent of property taxes goes to the property taxpayer’s city of residence, school district and other taxing bodies in the county. Linn County taxes represent slightly more than one-third of property taxes for rural residents.

FY20 Linn County Budget Summary:

  • Budget of $157.3 million – an increase of 33.3 percent from last year due to the new Public Health and Child & Youth Development Services building that is scheduled to be completed this year
  • Countywide levy rate of $5.84 is the same as in FY19
  • Rural levy rate remains unchanged at $2.71 and includes a reduction of one dollar for rural residents from the Local Option Sales Tax allocation
  • Impact to homeowner: An increase of 2.3 percent due to a change in state residential rollback
  • Commercial and industrial property taxes remain unchanged
  • Farmland taxes will increase 3.1 percent due to a change in state agricultural rollback
  • Property taxes levied: $68.9 million, an increase of 3.9 percent from FY19
  • Property taxes account for 58 percent of Linn County’s budget
  • Local Option Sales Tax revenue of $2.7 million is budgeted for road construction; $1.5 million for Conservation projects; and $1.5 million in property tax relief for rural residents
  • Achieves goal of general fund ending balance of 25 percent
  • Linn County’s 2020 fiscal year runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

View the FY 2020 Budget Presentation (PDF)...
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