The City will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 1, to present the 2017 proposed budget. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Center.
According to City Administrator Nick Gregory, work on the budget began in April. “The 2017 budget preparation as in the past years was an exercise in prioritizing the most essential needs within the city organization,” he said. “Department heads brought focused lists of needs, and the City Commission went through a painstaking process to consider and review all requests.”
The 2016 budget authority was $39,340,453 with a mill levy of 51.546. This budget authority includes expenditures for all funds that derive their source from various user fees, ad valorem taxes, sales taxes, reserves and other revenue sources. During the 2017 budget process, city commissioners revised the 2016 expenditures to actual spending level of $21,873,348. The proposed 2017 budget authority is $43,627,339. City commissioners will work to restrict 2017 expenditures to a level similar to 2016. The 2017 budget will be funded by an estimated mill levy of 51.608, which is slightly higher than the 51.266 average of the last eight years. This mill levy still allows for anticipated increased costs of paving, KPERS and KP&F retirement, health care insurance as well as the city share of airport grant funded improvements and other various expenditures.
Specific budget information is available at the City Clerk’s Office and will also be available at the budget hearing.