LAWRENCE | The Douglas County administrator has proposed a budget that would require a 16.6 percent increase in property taxes.
Administrator Craig Weinaug says the proposal would be the largest property tax increase in his more than three decades in local government.
But he says the proposed $69.5 million budget is what's needed to counter dwindling revenues, state and federal cuts, and increasing community needs.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the budget would cost the owner of a $150,000 home $122.40 more in property taxes.
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Commission chairwoman Nancy Thellman calls the proposal a "jaw-dropper." She says the county will end up with some tax increase, but she's not sure how high it will be.
Commissioners will conduct budget hearings during the next two weeks before approving a budget next month.