Basehor OK’s ‘05 budget
There was only one problem with a public hearing Monday night to discuss the 2005 Basehor city budget -- none of the public showed up.
Hearing no input from residents, the City Council approved the budget, 4-0, this week. It is a budget that calls for keeping the mill levy at 28.639 mills, the same rate it's been for the last three years.
A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.
The budget approved Monday night is vastly different from recommendations made by city treasurer Baron Powell earlier this summer.
While Powell's preliminary budget held the line on taxes, the treasurer said the city should consider raising the mill levy to 35 mills and adding other fees so cash flow could be increased.
However, several City Council members said they would not be in favor of a tax increase. Powell said the city can maintain its current levels of operation without raising the mill levy.
The approved budget foregoes a proposal to allocate $130,000 over four years to the Basehor Athletic Association, the organization that coordinates recreational activities at the Field of Dreams sports complex. City Council president Julian Espinoza submitted the proposal to lend some financial support for the Field of Dreams, one of the few such complexes in the state that receives no public funding.
This year's budget calls for $5,400,614 in total expenditures. Most of the total -- approximately $2.2 million -- is budgeted for the general fund. The remaining money is divided into 11 other funds and includes:
- $885,081 in the bond and interest fund.
- $100,000 in the consolidated highway fund.
- $40,000 in the special park and recreation fund.
- $775,759 in the sewer fund.
- $383,330 in the sewer maintenance reserve fund.
- $137,645 in the solid waste fund.
- $8,000 in the municipal equipment reserve fund.
- $851,358 in the Pinehurst infrastructure fund.
The Council allocated no money for capital improvements or transportation infrastructure.