County Approves Mill Levy Increase
KSAL Staff - Tue 02:59 PM 08/07/2012
Saline County Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously to raise the mill levy to help fund the 2013 budget.
Commissioners voted 3 - 0 for a 2.3 mill levy increase.
About 50 percent of the 2012 budget, which is slightly smaller than the 2012 budget, will be funded through property taxes which are controlled via the mill levy.
County Administrator Rita Deister noted that the 2013 budget has been one of the toughest she had to deal with.
Along with the mill levy increase, the county is doing several other things to help address the budget. A hiring freeze went into effect on June 5th. Also, several positions in multiple offices have been eliminated.
The county also approved the formation of a new drug court. The drug court will deal strictly with misdemeanor drug offenders, and save the county money by creating fewer prisoners to house and fewer cases in district court.