Archive for Thursday, July 28, 2005

Council holds line on 2006 city budget

July 28, 2005

The Basehor City Council considered various options but on Monday ultimately agreed to hold the line on property taxes for a fourth consecutive year.

Council members approved, 5-0, proposing a 2006 budget that keeps the mill rate steady at 28.437 mills. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

This year's draft of the budget includes approximately $4.9 million in expenditures. In Basehor, the mill levy generates $900,029 in revenue. Among other revenue streams are funds from sales taxes, sewer connection fees and utility billing.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said council members discussed several options for the budget, one of which included a 10-mill increase.

Garcia said he favored a 1.25-mill increase to pay for additional personnel and needed equipment for the public works department.

As it stands now, for the proposed mill levy and other revenue streams to match next year's expenditures, approximately $37,000 will have to be trimmed from the budget.

"If we take the existing mill levy, cuts will have to be made to make that balance," Garcia said.

The city council will host a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Residents may weigh in on the proposed budget during the public hearing.

Since 2002, the city's mill rate has flat. In 2001, city council members approved a 12-mile increase bringing the rate to slightly more than 29 mills.

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