ST. CLOUD -- Stearns County Administrator George Rindelaub presented three budget and levy scenarios to county commissioners today. The proposals were a zero percent increase, one percent decrease and a one percent increase.

Stearns County's total budget in 2012 is at about $122.3-million.  At a zero-percent increase, the tax levy would actually decrease by about $58-thousand in 2012 to $69-million, 624-thousand.  A one-percent decrease would mean the county would collect about $700-thousand less. Rindelaub says that would mean some technology projects would be postponed to meet the budget target.

The county will discuss the proposals again September 6th, vote on a budget September 13th and hold their truth-in-taxation hearing on November 29th.