When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners had a revote on the 2017 budget and discussed plans for constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Eisenhower Road and 20th Street.

When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners had a revote on the 2017 budget and discussed plans for constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Eisenhower Road and 20th Street.

Commissioners revoted on the 2017 budget because Commission Chairman Bob Holland said he did not vote during a public hearing Thursday.

Minutes prepared after Thursday’s meeting showed that the budget was approved 2-1. But Holland said he had not voted.

Holland said Monday that he had said the word, “I” after the other two commissioners voted, but he was cut off before he could finish the sentence. He said this was mistaken for an “aye” vote.

“I know what I said,” he said. “I know what I started to say.”

County Administrator Pat Hurley raised the issue when commissioners were reviewing the minutes from Thursday’s meeting. He said the minutes needed to be changed to reflect that the budget was not approved.

Commissioner Clyde Graeber said he recalled the budget passing by a vote of 2-1.

Hurley said commissioners were still ahead of the Aug. 25 deadline for completing the budget and another vote was needed Monday.

The budget later was approved by a vote of 2-1 with Commissioner Bixby voting against it.

The budget will increase the county’s mill levy by 0.5 mills. Mills are used in determining property taxes.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski has said the a 0.5-mill increase will result in about $11 in additional property taxes for the year for the owner of a $200,000 home.

Before Monday’s revote, Holland said that he had wanted to speak about an issue related to the budget Thursday but then did not get back to voting for the budget.

“I’m still pushing for a PRP program,” Holland said, referring to the county’s Participatory Road Program.

For the Participatory Road Program, county crews pave sections of gravel roads using what is known as a chip-seal process after landowners have donated the necessary easements.

In the past, this program has been funded through a local service road and bridge fund. This fund has its own property tax levy, which is assessed only to people who own property in unincorporated areas of the county.

The 2017 budget for this fund was approved Thursday in a separate motion. The vote was 3-0.

However, there is no money budgeted from the fund in 2017 for the PRP program.

Holland said Monday that he wants to make sure there will be funding to complete PRP projects that already are planned.

He suggested restructuring a planned contribution from the county government for a new industrial park in Leavenworth in order to provide funding for the PRP. He said a portion of the funding for the industrial park can be delayed for a few months.

Hurley said this issue is a policy matter and separate from deciding whether to approve the 2017 budget.

Last year, voters approved a 20-year extension of a countywide sales tax. Commissioners plan to use bonds to pay for specific road projects that were promised as part of sales tax extension. Revenue from the sales tax will be used to pay off the bonds.

The bonds also will be used to provide funding for the industrial parks.

County Counselor David Van Parys said people who are advising the county about the bonds have estimated the sales tax revenue each year will exceed the amount of money needed for making debt payments.

He said the additional sales tax revenue can be used to pay for secondary road projects, or PRP projects.

Leavenworth businessman Jerry Reilly talked to commissioners Monday about a proposed roundabout at Eisenhower Road and 20th Street.

Commissioners are considering a roundabout for that intersection as part of a project to widen a section of Eisenhower Road. The project was promised as part of the sales tax extension.

Leavenworth city officials have indicated they want a traffic signal at the intersection instead of a roundabout.

Reilly, who campaigned for the sales tax extension, discouraged the use of a roundabout.

He said roundabouts are appropriate in certain locations but they are not appropriate on major arterial roads.

“They’re beautiful, but they’re troublesome to use,” he said.

He said commissioners can disregard current traffic counts for Eisenhower Road.

“They’re meaningless,” he said.

Reilly predicted traffic will increase significantly in coming years because of additional housing and other developments.

“I think it is very important that you guys look out to the future,” he said.

Bixby said the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing also will receive significant portions of the sales tax revenue. He asked when they will kick in money for the project.

“I’m not here to speak for the cities,” Reilly said.

He suggested the commissioners speak with city officials.

Holland said commissioners will take the issue under consideration.

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