The Harvey County Commission approved the budget for the 2021 fiscal year at its Aug. 11 meeting.

The budget includes an estimated mill of 42.625, a projected 0.269 increase from 2020.

Previous mill levies included 42.356 for 2020, 42.275 for 2019, 41.937 for 2018 and 41.358 for 2017.

The maximum tax levy was set by the Commission at its July 14 meeting at $13,725,477. The public budget hearing was held Aug. 11.

Nearly $1.5 million in expenditures were eliminated or moved to outlying years to help address projected revenue shortfalls for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years.

Capital improvement projects that remained in the budget include replacing 14-year-old election equipment for the Clerk's Office, countywide aerial photography used for mapping, updating the 20-year-old county comprehensive plan, $1.75 million in paved road improvements, and $180,000 for design work for improvements on Hesston Road.

There were $416,462 in fund requests for new programs. Of those, 25 percent were included in the budget.

The budget process was completed over several months, including budget hearings with individual departments, the presentation of the recommended budget, a public budget hearing and more.