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Dakota County residents may see a small increase in the property tax levy in 2016 — 0.5 percent or less.

That could change between now and Dec. 15, when the Dakota County Board is scheduled to adopt the final levy and next year's budget. But a majority of commissioners indicated at a recent meeting that a 0.5 percent increase would be the most they'd support.

Several commissioners said they want to avoid raising the levy. Last year, the board increased it by 1 percent. Still, Dakota's was the lowest county tax rate in the metro area.

Officials have to juggle their low-tax goal with staff requests for more employees. County departments are asking for more than 50 new staff positions in 2016.