July and August are busy months at the Lyon County Courthouse. The County Commission has been listening to budget requests from various departments and organizations.
Former County Controller and current Commissioner, Dan Slater and current Controller Dan Williams were guests on a recent Talk of Emporia. Slater noted they are all but done with budget requests and now comes the tough part; trying to hold the line on the mill levy.
Williams noted the valuation in the county is up over last year which assists the commission in the budget process.
This year's valuations are driven largely by a $23.5 million increase from a second round of property tax abatements ending for the Westar peak energy plant near Reading -- and they follow a nearly $34 million increase from the plant last year. County officials are hoping for another significant cut in the mil levy after commissioners trimmed the levy back almost 7.5 mils last year to 56.5.
The commission will continue to fine tune the budget as they look toward the Aug. 25 date where it will be finalized. Both men stressed that the county wants and needs input from the public, noting the commission has a place on its agenda each week for public input. If you have questions you can call the county at 342-4950 and ask for the Controller's office if you need more information.
KVOE News Director Chuck Samples contributed to this report.