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      Wapello County Board of Supervisors approve 2014-2015 budget

      The Wapello County Board of Supervisors set its 2014-2015 budget Tuesday night.

      Board of Supervisors Chairman Jerry Parker said they have a history of not increasing taxes.

      The new budget will continue that trend.

      This is now a five-year period of not increasing or holding flat the property taxes.

      The budget will be levying $84,000 less in property taxes than in the current year.

      The levy rate on the in-town portion will go up by about one cent. Rural areas will see a slight increase on that rate.

      Parker said the first thing they look at when making the budget is what department heads request.

      "So we really scrutinize what they request," said Parker. "And then the next portion that we have to deal with is the askings are usually more than what's available as far as funding. Then we look at reducing the requests, and that's how we come up with a budget."

      Parker said there is no set figure when they begin making the budget but certain statutory limits.

      The new budget will go into effect on July 1st.