Riley County commissioners on Monday contemplated a 2020 budget proposal that increases taxes for the average homeowner by 5.75%.

The commissioners examined a 2.182-mill increase from the 2019 property tax rate. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value.

Riley County Budget and Finance Officer Tami Robison said the total mills proposed for 2020 are 43.098, up from 40.917 mills in 2019.

Based on a 0.4% increase in the average value of a Riley County home, the 2.182-mill increase means that a homeowner paying $470.55 in county taxes for a $100,000 home in 2019 would pay $497.61 for a $100,400 home in 2020. That’s an increase of $27.06 or 5.75%.

“You can’t continue to operate if you don’t go up. … Everything’s going up,” commissioner Marvin Rodriguez said. “We can’t do anything about the prices going up.”

The 2020 budget is $1,384 under the state-imposed tax lid of $28.32 million.

Before making a decision, the commissioners opted to view finalized budget numbers prepared by Robison at the next meeting, which is planned for Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Additionally, commissioners approved a 242-day extension of the contract pertaining to the garage addition at the Riley County Police Department at 1001 Seth Child Road. Riley Construction Co., the contractor of the project, experienced weather delays, which sidetracked completion of the project. At this time, the project is “substantially complete,” according to the Riley County Public Works Change Order,

Also during the meeting, commissioners approved a design contract between Riley County Emergency Services Station and Cheney Construction in the amount of $72,213, which is for a new emergency services substation at the public works complex within the county.