Basehor council starts budget review
Members of the Basehor City Council met Monday night to begin the first of several discussions regarding the 2006 budget. Mayor Chris Garcia said his preference is to complete a task that past governing bodies have for the last four years -- hold the line on the city's mill levy.
Supervisors from each of the city's departments -- police, public works, administrative and governing body -- spoke briefly to council members during the meeting regarding proposed budgets for next year.
Garcia said it's still too early to predict whether the city's mill levy can be held at 28.437 mills.
"We haven't received all the information we need from the county and state on what our funds are going to be," Garcia said. "Right now it's all very preliminary. It was more of an informational meeting."
The last city council-initiated mill levy increase came in 2001. That year, in the face of public opposition, council members approved a 12-mill increase.
A schedule of 2006 budget meetings has not yet been finalized. Final budgets must be submitted to the Leavenworth County clerk's office. A public hearing regarding the budget must take place on or before Aug. 15.