City Council Discusses 2013 Budget

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka City Council members met Saturday morning to nail down the city's 2013 budget.

The city's various departments presented their budget to council members and mayor Bill Bunten.

This is the third such meeting on the budget - led by Interim City Manager Pam Simecka.

Among the items under consideration is a proposed property tax increase.

Deputy Mayor Larry Wolgast says the city can only do so much with less revenue -- he explained the proposed increase that would amount to a $47 increase for a home valued at $100,000.

"This year we have a decrease in the valuation of property in the county, therefore it looks like we have to have a mill levy increase, just to provide the services that we have in the past," he said.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the council voted today to add nearly $55,000 dollars to the proposed budget to finance salary and vehicle commitments to incoming City Manager Jim Colson. Colson starts on August 27.