BOONE, Iowa—It was an uneventful public hearing on the Boone County budget for the next fiscal year, but then the Boone County Board of Supervisors didn’t really ask for much additional money either. In fact, the actual tax asking will be up slightly from the current fiscal year and only about 2% from the previous fiscal year. Holding the tax asking fairly steady meant a significant reduction in the levy rate for both the urban and rural areas, thirty-two cents per thousand for each. Auditor Phil Meier cautioned those that only watch levy rates that because of the reduction, it doesn’t mean property taxes will be reduced. He says for many, the county’s portion will be very close to the current fiscal year. Even though the property tax asking is up only slightly, the total revenues being sought will be more than $19.5 million, up from the re-estimated $19 million for the current fiscal year. Total expenditures are also up, but include capital projects, specifically road construction projects.