Douglas County commissioners today began wading through a proposed budget for 1993 that raises spending to $21 million and increases property taxes.
County Administrator Craig Weinaug spent an hour summarizing elements of the budget for commissioners at the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
The three commissioners decided to continue their budget deliberations at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the courthouse.
The budget, which includes a 3 percent cost-of-living wage increase for county employees, would increase county property taxes by 3.718 mills.
A mill is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.
In his 1993 budget proposal, Weinaug calls for a mill levy rate of 30.832 mills, compared with the 1992 levy of 27.114 mills.
If approved in current form, the budget would amount to an increase of $1.7 million over last year's $19.3 million budget.
Weinaug said the recommended tax increase was designed to maintain current county services.
Commissioner Louie McElhaney said he wanted to cut a significant amount from the budget proposed by Weinaug.
"My goal is to get $370,000 out of this budget to get to a 30-mill levy or so," he said.
Commissioner Mike Amyx requested additional information from Weinaug about program requests that Weinaug decided to cut from the budget.
Weinaug has said if he hadn't cut requests from county departments and agencies, the mill levy would have been 34.141 without any salary increases included.