AUGUST 10, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in special session on August 10, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Cale Magruder, Jason Lowery, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis and Justin Londagin. Councilman Tom Leffler was absent. Also present: Assistant City Manager Cody Sims and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Traevor McPherson and Eric Birk.
Staff Report: City Manager Josh Shaw gave a presentation about the proposed 2016 Budget.
Public Hearing: The Mayor opened the public hearing at 7:18 p.m. Traevor McPherson addressed the governing body stating that he was very pleased with the budget document. He urged the public to view the document on the City’s website. McPherson stated he enjoyed the transparency on the budget document and encouraged more of that. The Mayor closed the public hearing at 7:20 p.m. after no further public comments.
Discussion: Staff explained the need to adopt a Resolution to increase taxes beyond the amount that was levied in 2015 based on the computation used by the State budget forms which does not include the Debt Service levy. Staff explained that with the Debt Service levy excluded the property tax dollars from 2015 to 2016 is an increase, but with the Debt Service levy included the property tax dollars will actually be reduced. Staff also explained that the computation used by the State budget forms requires a notice of the vote to be published in the newspaper.
Reavis made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-12 expressing the property taxation policy of the Augusta City Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas with respect to financing the annual budget for 2016. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
2016 Budget: Londagin made a motion to approve the 2016 Budget as proposed. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 7:29 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.