Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City of Topeka to Consider Adopting 2015 Budget

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City of Topeka to Consider Adopting 2015 Budget

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Local governing bodies plan this coming week to take up matters that include a canvass of primary election votes and the potential passage of a 2015 budget for Topeka's city government.

The Shawnee County Commission will meet as the county's board of canvassers at 9 a.m. Monday at the county election office, 911 S.W. 37th.

Commissioners plan to make decisions on whether to count 267 ballots classified as provisional because election workers questioned their legality after they were cast in Shawnee County in Tuesday's primary election. Commissioners are then expected to consider certifying results of that election.

The Topeka City Council plans to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

That governing body, consisting of the nine council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, plans to hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 city budget. It then plans to consider any potential amendments to that document before voting on whether to approve a finalized budget.

The state of Kansas requires the city to approve a 2015 budget by Aug. 25.

The starting point for Tuesday's discussion will be the report the council's budget committee of the whole voted 7-1 on June 24, with Councilman Chad Manspeaker dissenting, to recommend the governing body approve.

The governing body's adoption of that document in its current form would keep the city's property tax mill levy at its current level of 39.736. That amounts to $456.96 annually in city property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home.

The proposed 2015 city budget in its current form totals about $256 million, including about $90 million in the general fund. That budget can be found at cjon.co/1pGh3DI.

The governing body also plans Tuesday to hear public comments and then consider a proposal to expand the city's Heartland Park Redevelopment District.

The proposed expansion would increase the amount of sales tax revenue the district brings in. It is part of the city administration's plan to buy the financially distressed racing facility while also solving a problem regarding Sales Tax Revenue bond (STAR bond) debt. …

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