County OKs $90 million budget |

County OKs $90 million budget

by Christy Chalmers

Douglas County leaders have approved $90 million worth of spending plans for the coming fiscal year.

The county commission approved the budgets Monday afternoon. The biggest, which covers the county, totals nearly $73.8 million. It includes a $26.4 million general fund budget, which pays for law enforcement and other major services.

The commissioners also OK’d a $437,172 budget for the county redevelopment agency; budgets totalling $8.2 million for the towns of Genoa, Minden and Gardnerville; and a $7.8 million plan for the East Fork Fire and Paramedic districts. Douglas County’s contribution to the Sierra Forest Fire Protection District will be $638,995.

The budgets were balanced without any major cuts or shortfalls. County Manager Dan Holler said a few minor changes were made to the tentative versions that were approved in March.

Genoa residents will have a small surprise. The town board won’t be assessing them anything for the 2000-01 fiscal year, though they will still have to pay the levies imposed by the county, school district, fire district and others.

County Comptroller Claudette Springmeyer said that leaves Genoans with a 2.1707 percent tax rate. She said Indian Hills residents will be paying the highest combined rate in the county at 2.9815 percent.

The plans will be sent to the state, which gives final approval. They take effect July 1.