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The recommended budget presented by the Harvey County Commission for the 2020 fiscal year projects for a 0.1 decrease in the mill levy. You can view the recommended budget here.

The estimated mill levy for 2020 will be 42.175.

Previous mill levies were at 42.275 in 2019, 41.937 in 2018 and 41.358 in 2017. As of 2018, Harvey County had the 98th-lowest levies per capita of the 105 counties, according to research provided by the Kansas Association of Counties.

Among the capital improvement projects included in the budget are replacing playground equipment at Harvey County Camp Hawk and West Park, additional 50-amp service at East and West parks, a County website redesign, $2 million in paved road improvements and $50,000 toward the design of improvements on Hesston Road.

Departments submitted $376,000 in supplemental requests, with $227,785 of those requests being included in the recommended budget. Examples of those requests include an additional $10,000 in funding for the mental health appropriation, an additional legal secretary position in the Attorney's Office and hiring a collection agency to collect delinquent personal property taxes.

At the July 23 meeting, the Commission set the maximum tax levy at $13,487,277. It also scheduled a public budget hearing for Aug. 6 at 9:45 a.m. in the Commission Room of the Harvey County Courthouse.

The budget is scheduled to be adopted Aug. 13.