The Leavenworth County Commission has delayed a vote on the county’s main operating budget.

The Leavenworth County Commission has delayed a vote on the county’s main operating budget.

Commissioners conducted a public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget. But they tabled a vote to approve the budget until next week.

Commission Chairman Louis Klemp did not want to vote in favor of the part of the budget dealing with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioner Bob Holland was absent Tuesday. And with only two commissioners remaining, there were not enough votes to approve the budget without Klemp’s support.

The matter was tabled until Aug. 21.

The proposed 2019 budget has net expenditures of more than $51 million. The budget calls for a mill levy of 37.113 mills.

The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

A mill levy of 37.113 mills in 2019 would be a decrease of 0.25 mills from the current mill levy for the county’s main operating budget.

There were no comments from members of the audience during Tuesday’s public hearing for the proposed budget.

Klemp has expressed concern about how the Sheriff’s Office may use money that has been budgeted for positions that are unfilled.

Sheriff Andy Dedeke serves in an elected position.

“Once we approve the budget for the elected officials, they can do anything they want,” Klemp said Tuesday.

Klemp suggested commissioners had the option of approving everything in the budget Tuesday except the portion for the Sheriff’s Office.

But County Administrator Mark Loughry said he believes the budget needs to be approved as a whole.

Senior County Counselor David Van Parys agreed.

“I think your budget needs to be approved as a package,” Van Parys said.

Commissioners did vote Tuesday to approve a separate budget for special funds. This budget, which has net expenditures of $3.1 million, is for a road and bridge fund and sewer districts in the county.

The road and bridge fund has a separate mill levy of 8.395 mills, which is charged to people who own property in unincorporated areas of the county, according to County Clerk Janet Klasinski.

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