Proposed county budget soars to new heights

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July 18, 2012 - 12:00 AM

“We’ve had pretty sharp pencils the last several years,” said Rob Francis, as he and other Allen County commissioners, Dick Works and Gary McIntosh, completed their first look at next year’s budget.

Rodney Burns, Chanute accountant who annually constructs the county’s budget, handed the newest version to commissioners Tuesday morning. It called for a record mill levy.

Taking proposals from department heads and others who depend on the budget for funding, Burns offered a plan to spend $12.75 million — nearly $800,000 more than this year’s estimate — that would require an ad valorem tax levy of 73.518 mills. This year’s levy, the highest to date, is 67.635 mills.

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