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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • County budget approved

  • Members of the Leavenworth County Commission have approved the county's budget for 2014.
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    • In other business
      When they met Monday, Leavenworth county commissioners took up the following business:

      They listened to a monthly report from representatives of the Public Works Department. ...
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      In other business
      When they met Monday, Leavenworth county commissioners took up the following business:
      They listened to a monthly report from representatives of the Public Works Department. Commissioner Dennis Bixby asked Public Works Director Mike Spickelmier to evaluate the county-owned 4-H building in Lansing.
  • Members of the Leavenworth County Commission have approved the county's budget for 2014.
    The $54 million budget was unanimously approved Monday at the conclusion of a public hearing. No one from the public requested to speak about the budget.
    Accountant Steve Wagner, who worked on the budget for the county, reviewed details about the budget.
    He said the total mill levy, which is the rate used to levy property taxes, is 36.514. This means the mill levy will remain at its current level.
    The county's assessed valuation for the 2014 budget is $576.6 million. This is an increase of almost $4 million.
    One of the decisions commissioners made ahead Monday's public hearing concerned funding for the Leavenworth County Development Corporation and Leavenworth County Port Authority.
    The organizations requested $348,815 in funding from the county. Commissioners decided to place this money into a capital reserve account. This gives commissioners the option of providing funding to the organizations to incentivize economic development projects on a case by case basis. But the county can use the money for other purposes.
    LCDC also had funding cut by the Leavenworth City Commission. LCDC had requested $47,500 from the city of Leavenworth. But the city's contribution to the organization was eliminated for 2014.
    After the county's main 2014 budget was approved Monday. County commissioners had a public hearing for a separate budget for special district funds.
    County Clerk Janet Klasinski said this budget is approved separately because it has a tax levy that is applied to only people in unincorporated areas of the county.
    The tax levy for the local service road and bridge fund is used to pay for road and bridge upkeep.
    The mill levy for this fund is 8.45 mills.
    "It was a flat mill levy," Wagner said during the public hearing.
    This budget also includes funds for sewer districts as well as capital reserve money. But the local service road and bridge fund is the only one with a mill levy.
    This budget also passed unanimously.
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