Some reserve funds also will be used to keep next year's budget in the black, although the bulk of the spending from savings reflects the timing of receipts and expenditures rather than a structural imbalance. For instance, state funding for an expensive improvement to County Road 17 east of Mankato arrived this year but payments to contractors will continue into 2014.
"It's money we've already taken in for bills that are going to be paid (in the future)," said Commissioner Vance Stuehrenberg. "That's what a majority of it is."
The levy and budget received unanimous support and praise from the board.
"Good work by the administration and the staff to make it possible," said Commissioner Mark Piepho of Skyline.
The final budget will be approved after a public hearing the night of Dec. 3.