Johnson County manager proposes first levy increase in eight years

The property tax rate in Johnson County would rise for the first time since 2006 under a budget proposed Wednesday by County Manager Hannes Zacharias.

The increase would cover lost revenue from a change in state law as well as allow increased spending for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

The proposed $874 million budget will be the subject of a public hearing July 28. It calls for an increase in the mill levy that would cost the owner of a property assessed at $249,000 about $23 a year.

Part of the levy increase will make up for the elimination of the mortgage registration and collection fee.

According to a release from the county, the increase will also allow the hiring of 20 new civilian positions in the sheriff’s department as well as $1.4 million in additional overtime and $500,000 in contractual services.

The county says even with the levy increase, Johnson County would have the lowest mill levy in the state.

For more information go to the county’s website.

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