The McPherson County Commission approved its 2017 budget during its regular commission meeting held Monday morning.

The McPherson County Commission approved its 2017 budget during its regular commission meeting held Monday morning.

The 2017 proposed budget is $25,320,910, up from 2016's estimated $25,150,319. The 2017 mill levy is 30.122 mills, slightly down from 2016's 30.286.

The lower mill rate is due to a higher assessed property valuation compared to the 2016 budget. Thus, the county can collect more money with a lower mill rate.

According to a resolution also passed Monday morning, the need for higher property tax revenue is due in part to the increasing cost of services. It also cites the Kansas State Legislature's failure to fulfill its obligations in regard to the statutory funding of demand transfers and significant limitations of state revenue sharing payments to counties.

Half of the budget is funded from sales tax, fees and charges for service, as well as state and federal grants.

The county can spend less than the $25.3 million it has budgeted; however, if it runs over budget, it will have to schedule a new budget hearing.

In addition the commission also approved the hiring of a juvenile intake officer for community corrections and a dispatcher for emergency management and communications.