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A commission divided

This is not a bad thing

The Barton County Commission carries a heavy yoke into the Aug. 13 budget presentation and public hearing.
The budget the commission barely approved for publication Monday morning calls for total spending of $18,247,405 from a tax levy of 34.927 mills based on an assessed valuation of $268,256,071. In 2012, the total was $17,850,398 with a mill rate of 32.558 and a valuation of $257,270,901.
The budget also includes budget cuts and/or static spending by county departments. In addition, there is a 2-percent, across-the-board pay raise for county employees. The ...

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