Ahead of special budget work sessions, Leavenworth city commissioners got a preview Tuesday of a proposed city operating budget for 2019.

Ahead of special budget work sessions, Leavenworth city commissioners got a preview Tuesday of a proposed city operating budget for 2019.

City Manager Paul Kramer reviewed details about the proposed budget during a regular meeting of the City Commission.

Commissioners will meet again this afternoon to begin a more in-depth review of the proposed budget. They are scheduled to also meet Thursday afternoon for another budget work session. And they may meet again Friday if they need more time to review the budget.

Kramer said Tuesday that the mill levy used to support city operations will remain flat under the proposed budget. But there is a proposed increase for a levy that is used for an employee benefit fund for the Leavenworth Public Library.

The city levies the taxes for this fund on behalf of the library.

Kramer said library officials have requested a 0.385 mill increase for this fund.

Mill levies are used in determining property taxes.

Kramer said the proposed mill increase for the library employee benefit fund would increase property taxes for the owner of a $150,000 home by about $6.60 for the year.

Kramer said about 46 percent of the city’s general fund revenue for 2019 will come from sales taxes. About 19 percent will come from property taxes.

The proposed 2019 operating budget for the city includes a 2.75 percent pay increase for employees that would go in effect in the middle of the year.

The proposed budget also includes funds for a new community development director. This position would not be filled until the middle of the year.

Kramer said this person would have supervision of functions such as code enforcement and the housing authority. Kramer said the community development director also would serve as the city’s point person for various community initiatives.

Kramer said the city previously had a community development director, but no one has held the position for about five years.

The proposed budget also includes $10,000 that can be used to pay for court-ordered nuisance abatement.

“We want to make our community look better,” Kramer said.

He said this funding may cover the expenses of 10-20 nuisance abatement projects.

The proposed budget also includes $10,000 for a new line item for aesthetic improvements to parks.

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