County gets news on ending balance

By Maura Wery

The county’s budget and finance officer said Monday that Riley County will begin 2013 with about $500,000 more in its general fund carryover than was originally anticipated.

Johnette Shepek told commissioners the fund is expected to end 2012 with about $3.55 million, based on anticipated revenues of slightly more than $23 million and expenses of a bit less than $20 million.

The likely $3.5 million ending figure is up around $557,000 from the original budgeted estimate of around $2.9 million.

Still, Shepek cautioned that the ending balance is “the lowest amount” the county has carried forward in a while. Last year’s general fund ending balance was around $3.8 million, about $300,000 more than the projection for this year.

Property Tax

Eileen King reminded commissioners and the public that the first half of property tax payments will be due on Dec. 20. King said her office will collect payments in cash, check or credit, and credit cards will be charged a 2.5 percent service fee for each transaction.

King said that going online to the e-gov services tab on the Riley County website can give patrons a variety of options for their taxes. Tax forms can be viewed and reminder alerts can be set from this service as long as “people take the initiative,” King said.

King said that paying the tax on time is an important step. Her office can work on payment plans for those who are struggling to pay their taxes, but otherwise she said the Dec. 20 deadline is firm.

King said payments can be made in person, by mail with a Dec. 20 postmark, on the phone and online at


K-18 Lanes Open

For those sick of driving into head-to-head traffic on K-18, those days are almost over. Kansas Department of Transportation engineer Jerry Haug told commissioners that the west and eastbound lanes should be in their respective areas for most of the construction on K-18 by the end of the week. Another change on the highway is that there will be no access to Murray Road from the K-18 side. Haug said that those who wish to access the road to take the turnoff on the north roundabout on Scenic Drive.

Haug said as with any change on the highway, he instructs drivers to take more time and pay attention to changes. He also suggested drivers turn off their GPS devices, since they will not be up to date.

“Pay attention to the signs,” Haug said.

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