County levy up, tax rate down

The Washington County Board of Commissioners has set the county’s property tax levy and budget for 2014. The levy is part of an overall $147.4 million county operating budget for 2014, and a $23.1 million capital expenditures budget.

The proposed tax levy will result in the owner of a home valued at $207,000 seeing a decrease of $4 in the county’s portion of the property tax. The recommended budget has a property tax levy of $86.7 million, a .66 percent increase from 2013. The tax rate is expected to decline by more than 4 percent.

A formal hearing will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 3, before the board adopts a final levy and budget Dec. 17. If approved, the levy increase would be the first county property tax levy increase in four years.