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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth County publishes proposed $51.5M budget

  • Leavenworth County commissioners may not be through discussing the proposed 2015 budget. But, they have agreed to publish information about it in the newspaper.
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      What: Public hearing for the proposed 2015 budget for Leavenworth County


      When: 9:15 a.m. Aug. 14


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      What: Public hearing for the proposed 2015 budget for Leavenworth County



      When: 9:15 a.m. Aug. 14



      Where: County Commission chambers, Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St.



      ― County commissioners will have a hearing on the proposed budget. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call (913) 684-0417.

  • Leavenworth County commissioners may not be through discussing the proposed 2015 budget. But, they have agreed to publish information about it in the newspaper.
    Commissioners still can make changes to the proposed $51.5 million budget. But, publishing the budget places a cap on the taxes the county can levy next year.
    "They can't do anything that raises the mill levy," County Administrator Pat Hurley said.
    The mill levy is used in determining property taxes. A mill is $1 per $1,000 of a property's assessed value.
    The proposed budget would keep the county's mill levy flat for 2015 at 36.57 mills.
    Commission Chairman Bob Holland said he was not in favor of raising the mill levy, and he believes his two fellow commissioners felt the same way.
    The proposed 2015 budget is based on an assessed valuation for the county of $577.4 million. That's an increase of about $1.6 million from the previous year's valuation.
    Summary information about the proposed budget is published in today's edition of the Leavenworth Times. The publication sets a public hearing on the budget for 9:15 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
    Commissioners won't be able to approve the budget until after the public hearing.
    Commissioners authorized the publication of the budget when they met Monday, Hurley said.
    Holland said commissioners may still discuss possible changes to the budget.
    "There's still a couple of things I think we can cut, and it would not hurt us," he said.
    One of the things he has proposed cutting is a subsidy that enables county employees to sign up for the Genesis health club in Leavenworth at a discounted rate.
    Holland has argued for eliminating the subsidy, which costs the county about $15,000 per year. The chairman argues that a limited number of employees are taking advantage of the discounted rate.
    Holland's fellow commissioners have not supported the elimination of the program for employees.
    Something that will be funded is the purchase of software that will allow county residents to make monthly payments for property taxes.
    County Treasurer Janice Van Parys will make the purchase using money available to her in an equipment reserve fund.
    Holland said County Clerk Janet Klasinski verified the treasurer has enough money in the fund for the software, and the purchase will not affect the county's mill levy.

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