Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Council, Commission to Take Up Budget ; Document: Revenues for First Six Months of 2015 Higher Than Expected; Expenditures Lower Than Thought

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Council, Commission to Take Up Budget ; Document: Revenues for First Six Months of 2015 Higher Than Expected; Expenditures Lower Than Thought

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Budget matters are on the agendas this week for both the Shawnee County Commission and the Topeka City Council.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers in Room B-11 of the county courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th, while the council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

Commissioners plan to hear an update on this year's county expenditures and revenues from Betty Greiner, director of administrative services.

A document in the agenda packet for Monday's meeting says revenues for the first six months of 2015 totaled $86,294,915, which is more than the budgeted amount for that time period of $84,980,443, while expenditures for that six months totaled $43,459,382, which is less than the budgeted amount of $44,501,458.

County revenues historically are higher than expenditures over the year's first six months because the county brings in most of its revenue during those months while expenditures are spread throughout the year.

Commissioners also plan to consider acknowledging they have received a notice being published in Monday's Topeka Metro News, the official county newspaper, indicating the commission will hold an Aug. 3 hearing to receive public comments on the requested 2016 county budget.

The requested budget contains a combination of requests from department heads, elected officials and organizations seeking county funding.

The approval of funding to pay for all those requests would increase the property tax levy the county assesses by 3.721 mills. That would amount to an additional $42.79 in annual county property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home.

The commission has historically made significant cuts from requests before finalizing the budget, which it is required to do by Aug. 25.

Commissioners in recent weeks have been meeting to discuss budget matters with county department heads and elected office holders, as well as representatives from organizations seeking county funding.

The county assesses a property tax levy of 48.191 mills, which amounts to $554.20 annually in county property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home. …

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