Leavenworth officials are proposing to keep the city's property tax rate flat for next year.

Leavenworth officials are proposing to keep the city's property tax rate flat for next year.

City Manager Paul Kramer reviewed the proposed 2018 operating budget Tuesday during a meeting of the Leavenworth City Commission.

Kramer said city officials are proposing to leave the city's mill levy unchanged at 31.343 mills for next year. The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

Commissioners took no vote on the budget Tuesday. They will be meeting again today and Thursday to review the budget in greater detail. The meetings, which will begin at 1 p.m. each day, are open to the public.

Kramer said representatives of the city's departments will meet with commissioners to go over the budget line by line.

"It will be an interesting two days," Commissioner Larry Dedeke said.

The budget likely will be approved next month following a public hearing.

Kramer said the proposed budget increases funding for the Leavenworth Police Department to devote more resources to address drug crimes and cyber crimes. He said this is in response to two of the goals of the commission.

"This budget took that to heart," he said.

He said the proposed budget also provides additional funding for blight removal.

Currently, the city uses federal funds for blight removal, but this comes with a lot of paperwork. Kramer said allocating other funds may help the city to move more quickly.

"The operating budget draft is online for everybody to see if they so choose," Kramer said.

The budget can be found on the city's website, www.lvks.org.

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