Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

County Commission to Take Up Proposed 2015 Budget

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

County Commission to Take Up Proposed 2015 Budget

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Shawnee County's 2015 budget and potential pay raises for some employees of Topeka's city government are among topics local governing bodies plan to take up this coming week.

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers at the county courthouse, 215 S.E. 7th, where it plans to discuss and consider revisions to the 2015 budget.

A document in the agenda packet for Monday's meeting indicates the commission's starting point for making decisions will be a flat budget through which all departments, elected offices and entities receiving county funding would receive the same amount as in their 2014 budget, plus allow for enough extra funding to pay employees for an extra pay period the county will see next year.

Commissioners agreed by consensus Aug. 7 to seek to avoid raising the county's property tax mill levy and to dedicate at least $650,000 toward wage increases for county employees.

Should a tax increase be necessary, they set a goal of keeping any such increase at less than 1 mill, which would amount to $11.50 annually for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Commissioners are expected Monday to make plans to continue discussing and revising the proposed 2015 budget on Thursday or on Aug. 25. The commission is required to finalize and submit that budget to the county clerk by Aug. 25.

The commission also plans to consider:

- Reassigning the county's contract for receiving energy audits from Chevron Energy Solutions Company to OpTerra Energy Services, Inc., which is buying from Chevron all parts of its business covered by Chevron's contract with Shawnee County.

- Acknowledging the county has received a petition from residents seeking to establish a leash law in Urban Hills Subdivisions No. 14, 15, 16 and 17, while setting a public hearing on the matter for 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

The petition indicates it was signed by residents of the 4300, 4400 and 5400 blocks of N. …

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