The total county general budget that was requested by all the department heads totals $21.4 million. The council held several budget workshops during which the cut the budget down to $15.5 million. The state says that our budget is not to exceed $7.9 million. I am a big fan of lean and efficient government, but not real sure how we can take our existing $15.5 million dollar budget and cut it in half.
The state gives 5 situations where a unit of government can request a levy appeal:
1. Annexation, consolidation, or extension of services.
2. Three-year growth factor exceeding 2% of the state-wide average.
3. Correction of advertising error, mathematical errors, or errors in the data.
4. Shortfall due to erroneous assessed valuation.
I don't think we qualify for any of these, but I'm no expert.