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8/12/2013 - Commission still considering mill levy increase
Salina Newsletter
8/12/13

Commission still considering mill levy increase

The Salina City Commission continued to discuss the possibility of raising the mill levy by up to 2 mills at a Monday study session.

At last week’s commission meeting, Commissioner John Blanchard proposed raising the mill levy by up to 2 mills to help cover the loss of nearly half a million dollars caused by the state’s tax exemption on business machinery. One mill generates about $400,000 in property taxes for the city.

On Monday, commissioners said raising the mill levy would help with that issue as well as help the city to regain losses in its general fund balance and to bolster the city's street-repair budget.

Commissioners Randall Hardy and Aaron Householter expressed support for a mill-levy increase, but Commissioner Kaye Crawford said she definitely would not be in favor of raising it by 2 mills. Mayor Barb Shirley was absent.

Based on discussion at the study session, City Manager Jason Gage said he would present the commission with options to consider at next week’s meeting.