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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 Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.


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