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For the third year in a row, the tax rate for Lancaster County will not change.

On Tuesday, the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners approved a budget that will result in property owners paying 26.83 cents per $100 valuation next year to support county government.

The owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay about $268 in county property taxes next year.

But the rate will bring in about $425,000 in additional property tax revenue because of a less than 1 percent increase in countywide total valuation, according to county budget officer Dennis Meyer.

Commissioners approved the $166.8 million county budget that supports county services including the Sheriff's Office, county roads, Assessor's Office, local Health Department, jail, public defender and county attorney, and provides operating expenses for the courts and community health center.

The budget no longer includes the Lancaster Manor nursing home, which was sold in August.

The County Board will officially approve the tax rate in October. It becomes effective Jan. 1 and is a portion of the property taxes paid by property owners in the county.

Less than one-third of the total county government budget, about $50 million, comes from property taxes.

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The rest comes from state and federal funds, fees and the lodging tax, Meyer said.

The additional $425,000 in property tax revenue will be available for expenses if revenue comes in below projections, Meyer said.

About 13 percent of a Lincoln property owner's tax payments go to pay for county government. The city takes nearly an equal amount. Almost 65 percent goes to the Lincoln Public Schools.

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