Archive for Thursday, June 19, 2003

Council tries to fit more into budget

June 19, 2003

Basehor City Council member John Bonee said it best.

"Everybody empty your pockets and pile it right here," Bonee said jokingly, resting a hand in the center of a table surrounded by Council members.

Attempting to fit pricey upcoming projects into a budget without increasing taxes, Council members decided to continue analyzing the budget following a review Monday during a work session.

In previous budget meetings, Basehor treasurer Baron Powell said it is unlikely the city would increase its tax levy, currently at 28.639 mills.

A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

Powell reiterated his earlier sentiment Monday night.

"Specifically, we are not looking at increasing the mill levy," Powell said.

The budget reviewed by City Council members Monday night is still preliminary and could be adjusted before the final budget is submitted later this summer.

Following Monday night's meeting, it appears city officials still have much to review as they decide how to fit projects such as street construction and sewer line repair into the budget.

The most pressing projects that could affect the budget are upgrading a planned sewer line at a cost of $50,000, repairing an existing sewer line at a cost of $190,000 and improving 158th Street at a cost of $1.2 million.

The cost of those projects, coupled with a slight loss of funding from Leavenworth County and the state, means the city should take a harder look at where it can tighten its belt, Bonee said.

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