Brown County Commissioners held the first of two public hearings Monday on the proposed tax rate for the 2017-’18 fiscal year.
    Commissioners are proposing a tax rate of 62.37 cents per $100 valuation, a 1.4-cent increase over the current rate of 60.93 cents.
    The increase is contained in the road and flood and debt service portions of the tax rate, Brown County Judge Ray West said.
    He said the debt service will decrease in the 2018-’19 fiscal year because the debt for the Law Enforcement Center will have been repaid.
    The road and flood portion of the tax rate is increasing because of repairs the county made following earlier weather events, West said. He said the county is waiting for FEMA reimbursement.
    The second and final public hearing on the tax rate is at 9 a.m. Thursday. Commissioners will consider approving the tax rate after the public hearing.

In other action Monday, commissioners:

• Agreed to remove the burn ban.

* Approved a request to add the words "cell phone use prohibited" to the school zone and flashing light signs near Victory Life Academy.