Topeka Leaders Brace For 2013 Budget Night

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- City leaders say Topeka residents should brace themselves for a mill levy increase. The increase could be approved Tuesday night (8/14), in an effort to finance the 2013 City of Topeka budget.

City leaders endorsing the proposed mill levy increase say it's needed to increase funding to the Topeka police and fire departments, and to make up for workers compensation and healthcare deficits.

City leaders say they expect many amendments to the proposed mill increase. As proposed, it would amount to a $48 hike on a $100 thousand dollar home, but it doesn't just apply to real estate, but other personal property, such as motorcycles and boats, as well.

Supporters of a hike say the city hasn't increased the mill levy in a decade. Deputy Mayor Larry Wolgast says increasing revenue is necessary to keep providing vital services.

City Councilman Bob Archer says revenue has increased over the last ten years. He says increased spending is the problem, and he says city administrators haven't proposed any meaningful cits in the budget.

Interim City Manager Pam Simecka did draft a list of possible cuts that could make it into the budget Tuesday night. The budget includes proposed increases to the Topeka Zoo, and the City Clerk, for next year's election costs.

City leaders say they expect a late night Tuesday.


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