On August 20, 2019, the City Commission adopted the 2020 budget. The total budget is $163.9 million, which is just under a 5% increase over last year (primarily due to increased cash balances in several special sales tax funds which are accumulating revenue to pay for future improvements like the Middle School Recreation Centers, Economic Development initiatives and Street Maintenance).
The budget funds all costs associated with city operations, capital improvements and personnel. The City consists of nine departments with over 400 full time staff and hundreds of seasonal employees (Administration, Finance, Airport, Fire/Code Services, Human Resources, Community Development, Legal, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works). Along with streets and traffic, the Public Works department includes utilities (water, wastewater, sewer, storm water).
A large portion of the City's property tax revenue (about two-thirds) go to funding the outside agencies of the Riley County Police Department and the Library. The City relies on other major revenue sources along with property taxes, such as sales taxes and fees, to fund city operations.
The approved budget provides for a small property tax rate increase (.406 mills) to fund these investments and maintain a high quality of life for residents. The 0.406 mill levy increase would result in a $22 annual increase in property taxes for a $200,000 home.
The city's annual budget is based on the calendar year, and will take effect January 1, 2020. Read a copy of the budget here