By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Seward County commissioners are expected to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2015 at the regular meeting this evening.
According to the notice of budget hearing, the proposed mill levy is expected to be just less than 1 mill lower than that for 2014.
The 2014 levy was 36.637 mills, while the proposed rate for 2015 is 35.978 mills. Likewise the assessed valuation in Seward County saw a drop, going from nearly $265 million in 2014 to almost $254 million for 2015.
Expenditures are expected to rise, though, for at least a second year. Net expenditures for 2013 were $22.9 million. Estimated expenses for 2014 are about $24.1 million, and that number is expected to rise to $30.8 million.
Most categories in the budget saw rises in expenditures. The proposed general fund itself rose almost $3 million from $13.26 million in 2014 to $16.2 million for 2015. The mill levy for the general fund is also expected to increase slightly from 29.5 mills to 29.86 in 2015.
If the proposed budget is adopted, rural fire will see a decrease in expenditures, but an increase in its mill levy. Proposed expenditures for the next fiscal year for that taxing district are $560,000, a decline from the previous year’s total of $700,000. The levy, however, is proposed to increase from nearly 3.2 mills to 3.8 in 2015.
Commission chairman Ada Linenbroker will call for a motion to open a public hearing regarding the proposed budget at tonight’s meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 in the commission chambers in the Administration Building.
Constituents will then be invited to come forward with any questions or concerns about the 2015 budget prior to Linenbroker calling for a motion to close the hearing.
Following the hearing, commissioners are expected to adopt either the proposed budget as published or make amendments to the budget.