Brown County Commissioners held the second of the two required public hearings on the tax rate, and no one came to be heard.

And with or without protest, it appears the county is prepared to vote on a rate that will result in a tax increase at a public meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 28, in the commissioners' courtroom.

At a Sept. 7 special called commissioners' meeting, Brown County Judge Ray West cited a“significant changes in numbers,” which include an overall decrease in revenue of $51,168 and an increase of expenses of $459,574.

The court approved a proposed tax rate of $0.5099 per $100 of taxable value, that, if adopted, would raise the average homeowner's taxes to $419.40 a year – $23.80 more than last year's tax on the same property.

The proposed general fund tax is $0.4239; the proposed debt service tax is $0.0347; and the proposed road and flood tax is $0.764.

According to the notice published in the Sept. 8 Bulletin, “The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Brown County last year was $76,456. Based on last year's tax rate of$0.5169 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $395.20.

“The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Brown County this year is $78,393,” according to the notice. “If the governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.5099 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $399.73.

“If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.5350 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $419.40,” according to the notice.