The Whitman County Commissioners on Monday gave their approval to put a tax levy raise on the November ballot this year to improve county roads.

The resolution would raise the regular roads property tax levy to $2.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2020 for residents in the unincorporated areas of the county. The levy currently is $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

That means a $200,000 home would see a $159.50 annual increase in property tax, according to a memo to the commissioners written by the Whitman County Department of Public Works. The increased levy rate would provide an annual revenue increase of $1.4 million for road maintenance.