Four Speak Out, Against Higher Shawnee County Taxes

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Commissioners talked over finalizing the 2015 budget with a very small audience Monday evening.

Only 4 people raised their voices in the session at the Courthouse, most of them asking county leaders not to raise property taxes to fund programs.

Commissioner Bob Archer says the tough economy will make it a difficult budget planning year, and the property taxes are difficult to fit into the spending plan.

"But I'm confident that we will provide good service to our citizens and give them value for the tax dollars that they pay," Archer told us.

Audience member Earl McIntosh says, "We have nine entities that take taxes out of our property. Homeowners are becoming an endangered species in Shawnee County. We can't afford anymore tax increases. It's been exasperating."

Archer hopes to have the budget questions settled by their August 21st meeting. The budget must be passed three days after that, by August 24th.