The governing board of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 is proposing a property tax increase for 2018.

The governing board of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 is proposing a property tax increase for 2018.

Fire Chief Rick Huhn said much of the additional tax revenue will be used for expenses associated with acquiring the property for the department’s main station from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Fire District No. 1 provides services to the city of Lansing and Delaware and High Prairie Townships.

The district’s Fire Board levies property taxes to support the fire department.

The board has proposed a $1.339 million budget for 2018. This would increase the department’s spending by more than $80,000.

The proposed budget would raise the fire district’s mill levy by 0.499 mills. This would increase the total mill levy for the district from 8.5 to 8.999 mills.

The mill levy is used to determine property taxes.

Huhn said the proposed change in the mill levy would increase property taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home by about $8 per year.

The Fire Board will conduct a public hearing on the proposed budget at 7 p.m. Monday at the district’s fire station in Lansing, 111 E. Kansas Ave. Board members likely will vote on the budget at the conclusion of the public hearing.

Huhn said Fire District No. 1 always has had a fire station located on the property of the Lansing Correctional Facility on the corner of U.S. 73-Kansas 7 Highway and Kansas Avenue.

Huhn said the fire district is in the process of negotiating the purchase of the site of the fire station from the state.

With the purchase of the property, the fire district will have to pay for new utility connections. Currently, the station utilizes the utilities of the Lansing Correctional Facility.

“It will be a one-time cost,” Huhn said of the utility connections.

Another one-time expense will be the creation of an assistant chief position for a temporary basis.

Huhn said he plans to retire as the chief next year. And the governing body has proposed hiring an assistant chief who will take over as the new chief upon Huhn’s retirement.

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