Committee approves 2014 budget onto full board
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel committee approved the 2014 budget Tuesday and forwarded it onto the full County Board for approval. The Board approved in June a budget based on the maximum allowable levy under the 2014 State Budget which is increasing the county tax operating levy by the net new construction. For the taxpayer, it means a $42 increase on a $100,000 home or an $85 increase on a $200,000 home. The total levy is $16,993,901, a six-percent increase or $900,000 more than 2013. The operating levy is $14,923,733, a one-percent increase. The mill rate is 6.35. Finance Director Julie Brickner went over the highlights, which included:
- A five percent increase in health insurance premiums, with sheriff’s employees paying an additional two percent.
- Sheriff, Public Health, Human Services and Land Management agreed to a zero percent increase. Highway asked for $70,000 which would go towards winter maintenance. Extra funds were needed due to the unexpected snowstorms this spring.
Brickner also talked about the personnel changes for the upcoming year. The Victim Witness Coordinator and the public health nurse increased from seven to eight hours a day along with a nutritionist increased to full-time. Sheriff and Highway will be the top two recipients of the levy, followed by Human Services/Child Support/Office Aging. The budget goes to the County Board for a first reading Oct. 22 and for adoption Nov. 12.