Property taxpayers in Waupaca County will see a slight reduction in the county’s mill rate when they open their tax bills in December. The county board of supervisors got their first reading of the budget from finance director Heidi Dombrowski this morning. The overall budget of 75-million dollars, including debt service, has a local tax levy of 25.2 million dollars, an increase of 2.05 percent, but the tax rate will drop about 5 cents per thousand, or about 5 dollars on a 100-thousand dollar home, due to a 2.8 percent increase in the county’s equalized property valuations. The budget includes a 1 percent increase to the salary schedule of employees, 33-thousand dollars to start a drug court next September, and no increase to employees in health insurance premiums. The public budget hearing is set for November 8th at 9 a.m.