Dakota County's 2019 budget maintains the County's strong fiscal standing and supports important programs and popular services.
The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 18 approved the County's 2019 budget and property tax levy. The operating budget will be $262.23 million. Total spending, including operating costs and capital improvement projects, was approved at $409.47 million.
Commissioners approved a property tax levy of $140.61 million, an increase of 2.9 percent over the 2018 levy. However, the budget also eliminates the Regional Rail Authority tax levy, bringing the overall impact of the levies down to 2.6 percent.
Dakota County has had the lowest county tax per capita in Minnesota for four years.
Under the approved levy, a typical home valued at $263,800 will pay about $29 more in county tax next year. The levy impact to property owners is softened by 7.9-percent growth in the county property tax base. The property tax base has grown for six consecutive years.
The budget will help to pay for increased personnel costs as well as growth in program caseloads and demand for services provided by the County. New funding will support high-risk probation, truancy prevention, water quality, and needs assessments for vulnerable individuals. Other services with increased funding include highway maintenance and public health.
The budget will also fund information technology and data security upgrades, and the Sheriff's Office will provide more commercial vehicle enforcement on county roads. The budget funds park enhancements, natural resource restoration projects and transportation improvements. Also, beginning in February all nine Dakota County Library locations will open an hour earlier Thursday to Saturday; seven locations also will open earlier Monday to Wednesday.
For more information, visit the Budget & Financial Reports page.