The Palo Alto County Supervisors approved the 2014-15 budget following a public hearing on Tuesday, March 11. The county's total asking from taxes levied on property is down $1,302 from $6,155,822 to $6,154,520.
On the expenditures side of the budget, a number of individual department budgets were increased while several others saw a decrease. The Public Safety and Legal Service line item increased 5.69 percent, Physical Health and Social Services line increased 16.08 percent, Road and Transportation is up 7.74 percent, while the Government Services to Residents lines as well as the Administrative lines went up 3.19 percent and 2.8 percent respectively. The line item amounts for Mental Health decreased 6.85 percent and County Environment and Education decreased 5.93 percent. Debt Service also was decreased by 8.53 percent and Capital Projects is down 9.36 percent.
The proposed tax rate per $1,000 valuation for county purposes is 6.6967 in urban areas and 10.6467 in rural areas.