County OKs $33.6 million budget
Even though the Leaven-worth County Commission slightly decreased the mill levy necessary to finance the 2001 budget, property taxes will increase.
That additional burden on taxpayers is because the countywide assessed property valuation rose an average of 8.1 percent, according to Steve Wagner, a Leavenworth certified public accountant the county hired to help with the budget.
The valuation rose from $292.7 million to $321.9 million.
The countys 2001 budget, which commissioners unanimously approved last week, calls for $33,643,607 million in expenditures. That compares to last years budget of $30,311,071.
The new budget calls for a mill levy of 32.124, compared with last years rate of 32.1 mills. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.
Wagner said much of the increase in the county budget stems from higher anticipated expenditures in the Sheriffs Department budget and the countys road and bridge fund.
The sheriffs department increase, from $3.34 million to $4.45 million will allow for additional patrols, as well as expenditures for the new Justice Center.
The road and bridge fund will increase about $400,000 to about $3.8 million, Wagner said.