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County lowers tax rate in budget
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MONROE - Green County taxes will drop slightly in 2015 after the county board unanimously approved its budget Wednesday.

The 2015 budget will levy about $14.87 million in taxes next year, an increase of $55,000 from this year's levy of $14.82 million. Next year's tax rate will drop by 1.7 percent to $5.74 per $1,000 of equalized assessed property value, a 10 cent difference from this year's rate of $5.84. This means a home valued at $100,000 will cost the owner $574 in taxes, and a home valued at $150,000 will cost a taxpayer $861.

No members of the public were present to discuss the budget, but most of the department heads who submitted their individual budgets were in attendance.

Total expenses in the 2015 budget amount to $45.9 million.

Department expenses run the highest in Health and Social Services, which includes the Pleasant View Nursing Home, the Humane Society, Veteran Services, Human Services and the Health Department.

HSS expenses account for about 46.6 percent of total expenses at $21.39 million in 2015, up from $20.97 million in 2014. The largest share of the HSS budget comes from the Pleasant View Nursing Home, which calls for an expense budget of $10.73 million in 2015, down from $11.64 million this year.

The Pleasant View Nursing Home will require $921,000 in funding to make up the difference between expenses and revenue, and needs about $790,000 from tax levy dollars to operate. Maintenance expenses dropped to $719,000 in 2015, compared to $1.5 million in 2014.