Star-News: Valley County Lawmakers Reign In 2015 Tax Increases

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In a dramatic turnaround, Valley County commissioners have changed their minds and reversed more than half of proposed property tax increases for 2015.

In August, county commissioners first proposed a 2015 spending plan that called for a 9.4 percent jump in property taxes. But this week's McCall Star-News now reports that commissioners have rolled back property tax hikes to 4 percent.

The Star-News reports that Valley County lawmakers have decided to eliminate collection of household pesticides, suspend improvements to some county-owned buildings, increase solid waste fees, but most importantly they're crossing their fingers in hopes of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal rebates for nontaxable federal lands that sit inside the county borders.

The new budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins Oct. 1, now tops $16.7 million, instead of the previously proposed plan, which was over $17 million.