Archive for Friday, August 8, 2003

Budget hearings scheduled

Leavenworth County expects to increase mill levy by 1.04 mills

August 8, 2003

Mark Aug. 18 down on your calendars.

The three governing bodies with the most influence over the taxes of Basehor residents -- Basehor City Council, Leavenworth County Commission and Basehor-Linwood School Board -- all scheduled budget meetings that day.

If preliminary numbers remain true to form, residents shouldn't expect much of an increase in their 2004 mill levies.

Only the county expects a mill increase, approximately 1.04 mills, county officials said this week.

A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation. This year's county mill levy is 40.163 mills.

One mill brings in roughly $380,000 revenue in Leavenworth County. The likely mill increase is due to financial cutbacks the state has made to Leavenworth County, in this case about $2.2 million less than expected, county officials said.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

For the Basehor City Council, a mill increase isn't likely, city treasurer Baron Powell reiterated this week.

"As of right now, I'm not going to recommend any mill levy increase," Powell said.

The city's current mill levy is 28.662 mills.

The City Council was to review the budget during an 8 a.m. work session Thursday, Aug. 7, and will host a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Basehor City Hall.

While careful to avoid a tax increase, Powell also prepared a long-term budget which allocates between $215,000 and $245,000 for street repair from 2004 to 2007.

An earlier draft of the budget indicated $250,000 per year would be set aside for street repair, however, projected estimates haven't met expectations, Powell said.

The Basehor-Linwood School District also appears to be following the local trend of holding the line on the mill levy.

During a meeting Monday, Aug. 4, Basehor-Linwood School District officials said area growth is bringing in more revenue thus negating the need for a mill levy increase.

The school district's mill levy is 45.282 mills.

"We should continue to see this trend," superintendent Jill Hackett said.

The school board will present its 2004 budget to the public at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.

Although next year's mill levies should remain close to last year's totals, officials said residents can expect to pay higher taxes. Earlier this summer, the Leavenworth County Appraiser's Office released new valuation numbers; the assessed valuation of Basehor rose by 28 percent, the highest total in Leavenworth County.

Appraisers said the dramatic increase in valuation is due to the city's aggressive annexation of properties during the past year as well as the development of numerous subdivisions.

The county's valuation increased by 10 percent.

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