Archive for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Basehor’s 2016 budget calls for property tax increase

Additional funds will be saved for city campus construction

July 22, 2015

The Basehor City Council is planning for a slight property tax increase next year in order to save up for the future.

The council met briefly July 6, due to inclement weather, to set a public hearing for the 2016 city budget at its Aug. 3 meeting, and on Monday, the 2016 budget was again on the council’s agenda for potential discussion. The budget reflects a 1-mill increase from the current mill levy rate, 29.16, with additional funding going to the city’s Bond and Interest Fund.

Lloyd Martley, police chief and city administrator, said the move was an effort to save up additional funds for the long-planned city campus construction in 2020, so the city will have less debt to issue for the project. The campus is set to include a new city hall, community center and police station.

Council members had little more to say about the 2016 budget Monday. Councilman Vernon Fields asked Martley to review some questions he had prior to the Aug. 3 meeting, specifically regarding the city’s reserve funds, which he thought might be on the low side.

“It’s nothing that I think will cause the city to have any major problems or concerns, I just would like some clarification on some items,” Fields said.

Budget materials provided to the council showed that the city’s total assessed valuation in 2016 is estimated at nearly $54.1 million, a 7.29 percent increase from this year’s assessed valuation of $50.4 million. Ad Valorem property tax revenues are estimated to increase next year by $84,614, while the city estimated a sales tax revenue increase of $8,779.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed value. City staff said annual city property taxes for the owner of a home with a market value of $200,000, and therefore an assessed value of $23,000, would increase from $671 to $694.

Setting the budget hearing and publishing the proposed budget sets the maximum amount of taxes that can be levied; the council could approve a budget with a reduced mill levy rate.

In other business, the council approved items necessary for upcoming road and infrastructure improvements.

First, it approved a resolution for improvements of certain traffic ways to prepare for

The council voted in June to issue $1.36 million in bonds for three projects: a sidewalk on Leavenworth Road from 155th Street west to the City Park, $800,000; Storm and sanitary sewer rehabilitation, $350,000; and improvements to the intersection at 141st and Donahoo Road, $350,000.

The intersection project will involve removing the existing road surface, construction of roadside ditches, creation of subgrade to city standards, and asphalt for a new road surface.

Finally, the council approved the contract for this year’s road repaving projects with Donelson Construction Company to pave approximately seven miles for $302,077.

Roads included in the project are mostly residential, but also include a portion of 166th Street south of Highway 24/40, Pinehurst Drive between 155th and 158th streets and between 166th and 170th streets, and 155th Street south of 24/40 to Crimson Street.

Because the city budgeted $355,000 for paving, the council also approved using the excess funds for additional paving at city staff’s discretion.

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