By TIFFANY RONEY
The Dickinson County Commission made budget decisions on Thursday. The commission voted to increase the mil levy from 42.804 to 45.888.
Additionally, Commissioner Craig Chamberlin said commissioners’ salaries may rise.
“We have some of the lower-paid commissioners in the state,” Chairman Laverne Meyers said. “But we have a county administrator, so we don’t have to be at the courthouse every day.”
Commissioners are currently paid $13,300 per year. Meyers said the most their salaries would rise is up to 3 percent.
In other budgetary news, unemployment is down. Janelle Dockendorf, budget director and economic development coordinator of Dickinson County, said the county unemployment rate is 5.5 percent as of July. This is a decrease from 5.8 in June.
For more budget information, such as where residents’ tax money goes and which departments receive the most revenue, see charts next to this story.
Royer nominated to basin committee
Brad Homman, county administrator, said Hank Royer, lawyer, was nominated for membership into Smoky Hill-Saline Basin Advisory Committee. Kansas Water Authority approved Royer’s entrance to the committee on Aug. 8 in Ellsworth. Royer is scheduled to serve until June 30, 2017.
“The future of water usage in the state of Kansas is very important. We need to determine the proper priorities for water usage in the future,” Royer said. “The group we’ve been appointed to is advisory board to try and make recommendations as to the methods of usage of our limited resource, being water, and I think the water’s going to be very critical of the future of all of Kansas – rural and the cities. So I think it’s important to think it through and not just let it develop without some thought.”