Lewis County Budget Approved

The Lewis County budget for 2014 is final.

The Board of Legislators passed the spending plan by a vote of 7 to 1.

It's the same budget lawmakers introduced earlier this month. It calls for a tax increase of 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

That hikes the budget from $7.17 per $1,000 to $7.59.

The county's tax levy increases by 7.67 percent.

Also at the meeting, lawmakers voted to spend $830,000 for a 911 center for the sheriff's department.

The Computer Automated Dispatch program will include software and hardware for the center.

The money will be paid for by a state grant the county hasn't received yet.

The only cost to the county is a maintenance fee for the contractor, Spillman Technologies.

(Note: we originally reported that the legislature approved $880,000 for a GPS system for the sheriff's department. That was incorrect.)

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