Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2010

County OKs 2011 budget

August 19, 2010

The Leavenworth County Commission this week approved a $45.4 million county budget for 2011 with comment limited to commissioners’ satisfaction about trimming $3 million from 2010 spending levels.

No one spoke at Monday’s scheduled public budget hearing.

The approved budget will raise the county’s property tax levy from 32.052 to 33.139 mills, with 0.767 mills of the total to be used to finance the county’s Solid Waste Department and the transfer station. That mill levy support replaces a county assessment on properties, which was $13.52 on single-family homes.

A mill equals $1 of revenue for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. At the county’s 2011 mill rate, the county’s share of taxes for each $100,000 of valuation on a single-family home would be about $381.

The approved budget only establishes spending levels. Although mill levies won’t vary much from those in approved budgets, County Clerk Janet Klasinski will establish mill levies in September when final valuations are determined.

Room was made in the budget for the $89,000 needed to hire two new dispatchers positions for the Sheriff’s Office and $150,000 to start a county codes court with enforcement officer and judge.

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