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Hennepin County Board sets 1 percent levy increase

The tax levy for Hennepin County will go up no more than 1 percent next year, the county board decided Tuesday.

The board set the maximum property tax levy of $676.1 million, and will now hold public hearings before setting the final levy on Dec. 13. They say it could go down but can’t go up.

On Sept. 27, County Administrator Richard Johnson will present the proposed 2012 Hennepin County budget to the board, which will outline the county’s spending side for next year.

Ramsey County’s board has set a proposed levy that is 1.7 percent higher than this year,even though county spending will be down. Drops in state and federal aid are the reason for the higher levy, officials said.

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