MENOMONIE — The Dunn County tax rate will drop by about 21 cents in 2018, largely because of increased valuation in the county, under the budget approved by the Dunn County Board Tuesday.
The 2018 tax rate is $7.36 per $1,000 equalized assessment compared to $7.57 in 2017.
The total county 2018 budget is $79.8 million, up 1.9 percent from the 2017 budget of $78.4 million. The County Board adopted the budget unanimously.
Equalized value will increase just over 3 percent in 2018 to $2.9 billion, up from $2.85 billion.
The 2018 tax levy is $21.6 million, up 0.12 percent from the 2017 levy of $21.59 million. The board also adopted the levy unanimously.
The 2018 budget does include $1.1 million in fund balance from the general fund.. There was also $1.4 million from other funds applied to the budget.
A public hearing was held at the County Board meeting on the budget. No one spoke during the hearing.
The board unanimously approved rezoning about 100 acres in the town of Tainter to allow a rural Colfax dairy to expand.
The board agreed to rezone about 100 acres of land near Denmark Dairy to allow for a near 1,000 cow expansion.
The land is now zoned general agriculture and is zoned to intensive agriculture. Denmark Dairy now has about 1,300 milking cows and wants to expand to about 2,400 milking cows and build a rotary milking facility. The expansion would occur over four to eight years.
Denmark Dairy still needs to get a special exception from the county’s Board of Adjustment for the expansion of the concentrated animal feeding operation. Land owned by Dennis and Mary Kragness, who also own the dairy and are Karl Kragness’ parents, would also have to be changed to Denmark Dairy’s name.
The board also passed a resolution supporting Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship Program grant funds to West Wisconsin Land Trust to support the acquisition of about 562 acres of land adjacent to the recently purchased Department of Natural Resources land of about 990 acres of Tyrone property in the Lower Chippewa River are in the town of Peru.
Supervisor Larry Bjork said he believes the land should go back to the owners who sold it to Xcel Energy. This would allow for original owners to have the property, which they would pay taxes on.
Rasmussen pointed out there is a benefit to the county in terms of tourism.
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