Archive for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Basehor city council further reviews 2014 budget

July 16, 2013, 4:56 p.m.

Updated: July 16, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

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The Basehor city council used its monthly meeting on Monday as another opportunity to review the city’s 2014 operating budget.

The preliminary budget reveals an increase in real estate valuation for the first time since the 2011 fiscal year. An increase of about .37 percent from 2013 will result in a decrease of about $15,000 for Basehor residents in ad valorem property taxes.

The budget revealed more good news, as the city’s mill levy is expected to drop for a third consecutive year. The 2014 mill levy is projected at 29.031, down from 29.407 in 2013. It has dropped each year since reaching its peak at 29.778 in 2011.

In other business, the council:

• Voted, 5-0, to adopt ordinance No. 629. The ordinance, which pertains to the city’s designated dumping area at City Park, states that only Basehor residents are permitted to dump. Violators may be subject to fine. A sign including what can be dumped, allowed dumping times and a list of potential fines will be posted at the dumping site.

• Voted, 5-0, to adopt ordinance No. 630, which amends an existing ordinance covering municipal court procedures for indigent defendants. The previous ordinance shows that the court-appointed attorney receives a compensation of $300 per month, but the council changed that amount to $400.

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