The Ramsey County Board approved a maximum tax levy that’s 1.7 percent higher than last year, even though the proposed county budget calls for a 2.6 percent decrease in spending.
The higher levy — which can still be lowered, but not raised, by mid-December — is necessary because of state and federal aid cuts, officials said.
“We take very seriously our responsibility to Ramsey County taxpayers to provide essential services in a cost-effective manner,” said Ramsey County Board Chair Victoria Reinhardt in a statement.
The county will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m., at the Roseville Area High School. Then the board will approve a final 2012-13 budget and 2012 tax levy at its regular meeting Dec. 13.