Overland Park budget would raise property taxes to fund police mental health services — how residents can weigh in

Overland Park budget

Overland Park residents will get a chance on Sept. 13 to weigh in at a public hearing on the city's budget, which proposes raising the mill levy rate in order to pay for adding mental health responders and crisis training to the police force, in addition to mental health services for first responders themselves. Above, Overland Park Police on a call last year. File photo.

 The Overland Park city budget plan for next year moved forward this week, although some city councilmembers expressed unease about a variety of things, including spending for mental health, plans for affordable housing, response to climate change and the proposed one mill tax rate increase.

Councilmembers discussed the budget Monday night ahead of their regular meeting and then approved setting two public hearings for Sept. 13 at City Hall.