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County levy just under 4 percent, for now

A preview of Douglas County's tax levy shows there will be an increase for 2018. However, how much of an increase remains to be see.

The preliminary levy was approved at the Sept. 19 regular County Board meeting. The levy was set at $27 million, which is a 3.96 percent increase from 2017.

Jim Stratton, chairman of the Douglas County Commissioners, stressed that the amount set was only preliminary. He noted that last year, the preliminary levy indicated more than a 4 percent increase when the actual, which was finalized in December, was only a 1.96 percent increase.

"I just want to make sure everyone is clear that this is just preliminary," Stratton said.

Char Rosenow, Douglas County auditor/treasurer will present detailed information about the county's budget and levy at the budget hearing meeting, which has been set for Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Previous levies

• 2017: $25.9 million — 1.96 percent increase

• 2016: $25.4 million — No increase/decrease

• 2015: $25.4 million — 0.47 percent decrease

• 2014: $25.6 million — 4.25 percent increase

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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