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Wayne supervisors wrestle with taxes in 2020 budget

The Wayne County Board of Supervisors annually debates just how much of its ample surplus funds will go toward underwriting its budget, and that is no exception this year.

In a session that followed the supervisors’ regular meeting Tuesday, members got an overview of the proposed $149.9 million budget for 2020 by Ken Blake, a fiscal assistant in County Administrator Rick House’s office.

While a detailed budget has yet to be unveiled, Blake and House wanted to get a sense of where supervisors want to go regarding how the 2020 spending plan will be paid for.

The proposed budget would spend $4.7 million more than 2019, marking a 3.2 percent increase.

Under tentative numbers, the tax levy would rise $1.1 million, or 2.72 percent in 2020 — from $40.4 million to $41.5 million.

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