Proposed 2016 Hennepin County budget calls for 4.5 percent tax levy increase

Hennepin County Administrator David Hough proposed a $1.9 billion budget for 2016 with a 4.5 percent property tax levy increase to the County Board on Tuesday.

The proposed budget includes a $109.4 million increase from the 2015 county budget.

“The proposed budget represents thoughtful consideration about the current and future needs of Hennepin County,” Hough told the board. “The proposed budget you will consider today and in the coming months, reflects our recommendations on how to best position the county for the future and maintain or enhance our commitment to serve residents.”

The County Board will vote on adopting a maximum property tax levy Sept. 22. The county budget includes spending on public works projects, public safety, health programs and human services, including child protection services, among other things.

To learn more about the county’s budget, go to www.hennepin.us/your-government/budget-finance/budgets

Here’s a rundown of upcoming budget hearings, which will be held in the County Board Room of the Hennepin County Government Center.

• Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Budget Hearing for Operations/Library/Public Works

• Thursday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Budget Hearing for Human Services and Public Health

• Monday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to noon — Budget Hearing for Public Safety

• Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m. — County Board adopts 2016 maximum tax levy and budget.

• Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to noon — Budget Hearing for Health

Human Services and Public Health (follow-up if needed)

• Monday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Capital Budgeting Task Force (CBTF) Report/Capital Presentation/Fees)

• Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. — Board holds Truth-in-Taxation public meeting)

• Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. — County Board will approve the 2016 budget and levy at its regularly scheduled board meeting.