The Becker County Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the commissioners meeting room.

The agenda includes the 2020 budget and Truth in Taxation presentation, the Highway Department five-year plan, and the 2020 SMART tax appropriation plan -- a half-cent county sales tax that is used for transportation-related projects.

In September, the Becker County Board approved a preliminary 2020 levy increase of 2.99 percent. That will raise an additional $638,028 next year, enough to handle all major budget needs, said Commissioner Larry Knutson.

That puts the preliminary 2020 levy at about $21.95 million, up from about $21.31 million this year, according to Becker County Administrator Mike Brethorst.

The separate Becker County Economic Development Authority levy was set at $140,000.

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