The new rate, to help cover an estimated $162 million inexpenses, is increasing about 8 cents to $1.28 per $1,000 of aproperty's assessed value. Half the revenue will offset highercosts for personnel, material and services. The other half willfund a capital improvement account, allowing the county to avoidusing levies or bond measures to get money for improvementprojects.

The tax rate is the maximum allowed under Oregon's Measure 50,an initiative approved by voters in 1997 that caps assessed valueincreases to 3% per year. According to the county, the projectednet increase for existing property in Deschutes County this year isabout 2.9%.

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