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Council OKs budget ordinance: Mill rate to climb slightly
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The Great Bend City Council approved changing when newly elected officials take their oaths of office.

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the 2020 city operating budget as presented with a 1.365 mill levy increase, which would increase property taxes by $16 on a $100,000 home. This followed a budget hearing at which there was no input from the public.

The property tax, or ad valorem tax, rate of 53.265 mills would fund $5,617,334 of the city’s $27,046,913 budget, said City Clerk/Finance Officer Shawna Schafer.

By comparison, in 2018, 52.183 mills covered $5,386,978 of the $28,306,792 budget, and in 2019, 51.9 mills funded $5,456,420 or the $20,827,929 spending package. The 2019 budget appears significantly lower because it includes cash carried over from the previous year.

One mill is one dollar per $1,000 dollars of assessed value.

City Administrator Kendal Francis presented the budget to the governing body at the July 8 budget work session. It was published in the Great Bend Tribune twice earlier this month.

The budget year starts Jan. 1, 2020.