Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The St. Louis County Board unanimously approved the 2013 budget on Tuesday, totaling $311.5 million.
81 percent of the budget is made up of public safety, health and human services.
The budget includes a 1.5 percent increase in property taxes, proposed in the preliminary levy approved in September. Tax payers could pay up to $12 more with the approved budget.
Taxes collected are expected to amount to about $111 million according to the budget proposal discussed September.
A news release sent out Tuesday states it's the fourth consecutive year the increase has been below the rate of inflation.
The county board is also looking to make investments that will focus on minerals management activities and the merger of the City of Duluth and County Assessor's Offices.