2003 mill levy to be lower than last year’s
The proposed budget for 2003 looks a lot like the current budget, but with one noticeable difference the mill levy.
Baldwin City will be looking at a mill levy for 2003 of no more than 38.468 mills. That's less than the 2002 mill levy of 41.655, 3.187 mills less.
Proposed total expenditures are a little more than $20 million as compared to more than $21 million for 2002.
"It's basically a blue-collar budget," City Administrator Larry Paine said. "There's nothing extravagant in there."
Despite some additions to the budget, Paine said the mill levy will be lower than last year's because of the increase in assessed value.
"We have a $2.3 million increase in assessed value," he said.
New businesses and developments in Baldwin, he said, have played a big role in increasing assessed value and decreasing the mill levy.
"One of the values of growth allows you to accommodate changes in the budget and still allows you to drop the mill levy," he said.
Additions to the 2003 budget include a deputy city clerk position and money allocated for city Web site development, the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and a fire department grant for new gear and communication equipment for the Baldwin City Fire Department.
Also included in the proposed budget are electric generation projects, electric infrastructure improvements and water tower construction.
But Paine said most of the budget items are similar to past years.
"I think the general essence of the budget is that we are continuing to do the same things we have done in the past," he said. "I think on the whole, everything that's there was there last year with very few adjustments.
"It's meeting the needs of the community," he said. "I think it's a sound budget."
The public hearing for the 2003 budget will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Baldwin City Public Library.
The budget documents and other related items can be found on the city Web site at www.baldwincity.org by July 24.