St. Louis County Board Presents 2018 Budget

December 07, 2017 10:37 PM

The St. Louis County Board presented its 2018 proposed tax levy and budget Thursday.

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The board set the levy at just over $132 million back in September. This is a 4.45% increase from this year, and because of an increased tax base, County Officials say the average taxpayer will not see a tax hike.

When crafting the budget deals, the main focus areas included improving economic development and creating support for those facing substance abuse and mental health.

Of the nearly $400 million total budget, the levy itself takes a 33% piece of the pie alongside other revenue costs and fees.

The levy breaks down into five parts, the largest three consisting of public health and human services, public safety, and public works. That breaks down even further into what specific things taxpayers will actually see.

$47 million is set for improvements in County roads and bridges along with 149 miles of pavement resurfacing. Work is in progress to create text alerts for residents, notifying them of potentially dangerous neighborhood activity. A chunk of the levy is dedicated to provide support for both families in foster care and resources for people dealing with substance abuse and mental illness.

The budget will be reviewed as a whole by the board on December 12th and is set to be adopted on December 19th.

For full budget information, click here.


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