Johnson County sets maximum expenditure ceiling for 2013 budget

With the increasing temperatures of July and August in the area often come increasing pressure on local governments to finalize their revenue and spending plans for the coming year.

As the deadline nears for agreeing to a new budget for the county, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners last week set the ceiling on spending for the county at $815.1 million for fiscal year 2013. That’s $4.5 million more than the current budget of $810.6 million, but the revenue and expenditure figures are based on a property tax rate that maintains the current mill levy at 23.188.

Johnson County has held its mill levy steady since 2008, when it lowered the tax rate from 23.199 mills.

“The budget, as published, cannot be increased, but it can go down,” Commission Chairman Ed Eilert said in a press release. “This is not the final budget vote, and we have a public hearing scheduled on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. in the Board’s hearing room and welcome the public’s input.”