Archive for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Basehor adopts 2015 budget

August 5, 2014

— The city of Basehor adopted its 2015 budget following a public hearing on Monday evening.

The budget, which takes effect Jan. 1, includes $350,000 to be used for pavement management and about $73,000 for parks and recreation. The city has a long list of projects that officials hope to complete in 2015, including the improvement and expansion of Basehor City Park and the park's trail system. The special parks and recreation fund, payed for with the local liquor tax and parkland fee, has budgeted $55,000 for capital outlay in addition to $10,000 for park maintenance.

The board approved the budget with a 3-0 vote in favor. Council members Brian Healy and Dick Drennon were absent for the vote.

The city will begin 2015 with a total fund balance of $5.2 million and estimates that 2015's revenue will reach $5.9 million. Mayor David Breuer, the City Council, City Administrator Lloyd Martley and city staff have been working on the 2015 budget for months and have voiced their happiness with the economic state of the city.

"Overall, we're in a very good position," Martley said. "The gradual recovery of the economy has helped stabilize property tax and special assessment collections."

The Leavenworth County Clerk's preliminary city valuation for Basehor's 2015 budget came in at $50.1 million. The county uses that valuation to adjust the mill levy up or down based on the direction of the valuation when compared to the previous year. If the actual valuation at the end of the year is higher than the preliminary valuation, the mill levy will decrease; if lower, the mill levy will increase.

"Historically, the county clerk's preliminary valuation is very conservative," Martley said.

2014's actual valuation came in at $48.8 million. Martley said the increase in the preliminary valuation for Basehor showed the increasing property value and overall growth of the city. The mill levy in 2015 is expected to stay level at 29.157. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in property valuation.

Other highlights in the 2015 budget include $8,000 designated to the Field of Dreams for repairs to the concession stands and $100,000 for sewer line rehabilitation. The council will also decide in the coming months how money will be allocated for future projects such as the potential collaboration with Leavenworth County on the construction of an EMS/Annex/LVSO Sub base in Basehor. Also, the proposed major improvements to 155th to include curb, gutters and sidewalks from Wolf Creek Parkway to Leavenworth Road. The city also wants to curb and gutter 150th Street from Craig Street to Wolf Creek Parkway.

Also discussed at Monday's City Council work session:

• The new state law mandating that municipalities not create ordinances regarding open carry laws. Martley said the state law took effect July 1 and states that the city shall not create an ordinance banning open carry in city offices.

"If you want an open carry, you can have an open carry," Martley said. "Private institutions can still enforce restrictions but we can't opt out."

The board voiced some concern about the law but ultimately moved a ordinance protecting the state law to the next meeting's consent agenda.

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