This year, county leaders have a planned schedule for the 2020 budget calendar, and thus far they are well within their target range.

Atchison County Clerk Michelle Phillips recently presented county commissioners a schedule of a to-do list to keep the county on point about all there is to do before the season wraps up. Work is already underway and has been ongoing since Jan. 14 when commissioners organized for the year. It was early March when commissioners reviewed the proposed calendar and budget expectations. All department heads then received a detailed account of the proposed plan.

Commissioners convened in special goal-setting sessions to individually meet with each elected official and department heads to discuss the proposed budget calendar and expectations and set goals for each county department.

Estimates of appraised real estate values as determined by the Atchison County Appraiser’s Office staff are due by Monday, April 1. That is also the same date that Phillips expects to mail letters out to the nonprofits and agencies concerning potential requests for appropriation of funds from the county. All requests are due by Wednesday, May 1, for commissioners’ consideration.

The commissioners are scheduled to meet with department heads, the agency and non-profit representative throughout the month May. Phillips made note that the budget summaries are to be submitted to the clerk’s office no later than one week prior to the scheduled meetings with commissioners. Commissioners are tentatively scheduled to review capital improvement requests during their Tuesday, May 7, meeting.

Phillips said plans are pending most likely toward the end of May for county commissioners to jointly meet with the Atchison City Commission members and administrators to review the respective budgets for joint communications and solid waste departments.

The certified valuations and revenue estimates are due to the Atchison County Treasurer Connie Ellerman by Saturday, June 1.

Phillips is set to establish the value of each mill on the respective taxing entities by Saturday, June 8. The due dates for data entry of county departments, solid waste and joint communications are mid-June. Commissioners expect to receive the preliminary budget during their Tuesday, June 18 meeting. At that time commissioners are expected to consider a proposed 2 percent cost of living adjustment for employees and elected officials.

The county’s budget and planning committee along with commissioners are scheduled to commence budget work sessions from Tuesday, June 25, to Tuesday, July 2, that will include department heads’ final review of proposed budgets. Completion of the prior year’s audit should be intact by Wednesday, July 26.

Commissioners are hopeful to receive a rough draft of the 2020 budget ready for approval for publication at their Tuesday, Aug. 6 meeting. If all goes according to plan the budget hearing for consideration of adoption will take place Tuesday, Aug. 20. The budget is due to Phillips on Sunday, Aug. 25 according to Kansas Statute.

If any of the taxing municipalities exceed the consumer price index, other than those exempt, than those entities will be subject to an election in mid-September in effort for voters to grant or deny the budget authority, Phillips said. If any election is necessary then those entities have until Tuesday, Oct. 1 to submit the adopted budgets to Phillips.

The CPI restriction applies to Atchison County, Atchison, Effingham, Huron, Lancaster and Muscotah, Phillips said. Fire departments and districts, school districts, law enforcement, cemeteries and townships are all exempt.

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