Property taxpayers in Waupaca County will see a slight bump in the tax rate in December to support the county’s 2019 budget. County Finance Director Heidi Dombrowski presented the spending plan to county supervisors this morning, who will vote on it two weeks from today following the public budget hearing. The 70.7 million dollar budget calls for a local tax levy of 28.24 million dollars, an increase of just over a million dollars, or a 3.74 percent increase. The corresponding tax rate will be 6.88 per thousand dollars valuation, a 6-cent per thousand increase from 2018. With the median home in the county valued at 138-thousand dollars, the increase to that homeowner is just over 9 dollars. The increase is due mostly to a change of cash funding all of the county’s capital improvement plan, rather than issuing debt to pay for those projects. That adds 1.3 million dollars to this year’s levy, but will save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments going forward. The county also got hit with some unexpected expenses this past April with the late winter storm. So 353-thousand dollars is being added back to the transportation services fund. Once again, the public budget hearing is November 13th, at 9:00 a.m. in the County Board Room at the courthouse.