he city of McPherson has set the public budget hearing to be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 4. The final budget has been set for 2015 with just a slight increase of .3 on the mill levy from last year and only .12 over the last six years.
The city of McPherson has set the public budget hearing to be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 4. The final budget has been set for 2015 with just a slight increase of .3 on the mill levy from last year and only .12 over the last six years.
The 2014 budget authority was $36,450,363 with a mill levy of 51.022. The 2015 budget authority is estimated at $36,962,468 with a mill levy of 51.322.
The increase of the levy has been attributed to multiple factors such as the cost of fuel and paving increasing, state mandated increases in KPERs and KP&F payments and general cost of living. In addition to cost increases, the declining revenue and only a slight increase in total assessed valuation of property made holding the mill levy a difficult feat, staff said.
"With only a very modest increase in assessed valuation, combined with various street improvements, rising fuel, rising retirement costs, as well as other costs, the commissioners and department heads have worked hard to maintain stability in the mill levy this year,” City Administrator Nick Gregory said. “Everyone is striving to operate as efficiently as possible with the available resources.”
Anyone interested may speak at the public hearing on Monday, by law once the budget is published in legal form, it cannot be increased, however the commission could choose to decrease it based on input at the hearing.
In other news, the commissioners approved the two mile route for the inaugural “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” organized by the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas.
The commission approved the $20,000 expense to fix various McPherson Kansas Police Department vehicles. The funds will go towards reparations to 12 vehicles that were damaged by a hail storm in May as well as repairing the wiring harness in a patrol vehicle.
The city of McPherson has been selected to receive a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, Transportation Alternative program that will cover 60 percent of the estimated cost to build a sidewalk along Avenue A from Thunderbird St. to Wall Bicentennial Park. The total cost of the project is estimated at $504,500 of which $302,700 will be covered by the grant.
In lieu of destroying certain out of date gear, the McPherson Fire Department will attempt to donate the items to the Hutchinson Community College Fire Science Department to be used for training.
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