By Cheyenne Derksen Schroeder

Managing Editor

McPherson County commissioners adopted the 2018 budget at Monday’s regular meeting.

The budget was approved at $25,592,746, which is a 2.3 percent increase from last year. The county’s assessed valuation increased 6.3 percent and ad valorem taxes levied increased 4.11 percent.

“All the departments did a really good job of keeping their budgets close to that 2 percent increase,” said Rick Witte, county administrator. “There was extra room just through those valuation changes.”

Expenditures for major funds include $9,897,020 in the general fund, $6,875,800 in public works and $2,848,000 in benefits for all county employees.

The general fund includes the appropriations total of $1,720,910. Some of the largest items include $605,452 for five ambulance service providers, $293,595 for elderly services, $171,493 for mental health and $68,000 for the McPherson Airport.

“The airport budget is usually $56,000, but included is our half of a matching share to repair the grass runway and the audit the city requires,” Witte said.

The only outstanding bond issues is of $4,925,000 for the McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility expansion for the sub-title D landfill. MASWU reimburses the county for all principal and interest on the bonds and the final debt should be paid by August 2033.