Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2012

UG to approve 2013 budget

August 1, 2012

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday, Aug. 2, on the 2013 Unified Government Budget.

The 2013 Unified Government Budget does not increase property taxes and has total expenditures of $279.9-million. The Kansas City general fund is budgeted at $123.6 million, while the County general fund is $52.4 million.

About 71 percent of Wyandotte County homeowners will see their Unified Government property tax bill go down under the 2013 Budget, the county reports, while 27 percent will see no change from last year.

Indicators for the 2013 budget are showing signs of improvement, but the budget still reflects the need for caution and fiscal prudence, county officials reported. Assessed values have increased 1.6 percent in Wyandotte County and 2 percent in Kansas City, Kan.

2013 Budget Highlights:

• Eliminates the BPU PILOT fee in 2014.

• Waives building permit fees for single family homes to stimulate new housing construction.

• Allocates $2 million for launch of the Commission Neighborhood Infrastructure Program.

• Improves customer service in Code Enforcement & Department of Motor Vehicles.

• Improves the collection of delinquent taxes.

• Integrates the Healthy Communities initiative with Parks & Recreation Operations.

• Replaces antiquated joint countywide radio system.

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