County approves budget of with half-mill increase

By The Mercury

Riley County commissioners passed their 2015 budget Thursday after a public hearing yielded no response.

The maximum expenditures for next year are set at $49,699,457, an increase of $5,261,738 over the 2014 budget.

The budget also includes a mill-levy increase of .432 mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value. The increase puts the county levy at 37.524.

Considering the average home valuation has increased 2.3 percent, a homeowner paying $426.56 in county taxes for a $100,000 home in 2014 would pay $441.45 for a $102,300 home in 2015.

Commissioners also included a 1.4 percent cost-of-living increase for county employees.

With less help from the state in funding county programs, commissioners said they were happy the mill increase of less than half a mill wasn’t higher.

“There were lots of challenges,” Commissioner Dave Lewis said. “And I commend the department heads and staff for their work in finding ways to work with us.”

Chairman Bob Boyd agreed.

“They did great work,” he said. “They did a good job in helping us be efficient and still have effective government.”

The budget will get final approval in November when County Clerk Rich Vargo signs off on it.

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