The governing body of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 has approved the district’s budget for 2018, the chairman said.

The governing body of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 has approved the district’s budget for 2018, the chairman said.

Chairman Jeff Klemp said the $1.3 million budget was unanimously approved Monday by the Fire Board. The board approved the budget as previously proposed without making changes.

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

The mill levy is used to determine property taxes.

Rick Huhn, chief of Fire District No. 1, said this will increase property taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home by about $8 per year.

Huhn said much of the additional tax revenue will be needed for expenses associated with the acquisition of the property where the district’s main fire station is located in Lansing. He said there also are anticipated expenses associated with the creation of an assistant chief position.