By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Daily Leader
The city commission has proposed a budget for next year that, basically, mirrors last year – the mill levy will remain identical.
The 2011 budget will be presented at a public budget hearing at 6:30 today at the commission chambers located at 325 N. Washington.
Liberal’s finance director Chris Ford has outlined details of the budget proposal, and noted the commission is requesting a total budget of $30,691,857 for 2011 compared to the 2010 budget of $30,501,729 – a modest $190,128, or a 0.006 percent increase. However, Ford pointed out the ad valorem tax will remain at last year’s 43.094 mills.
The 43.094 mill levy is expected to generate $4,646,559 in ad valorem revenue.
The slight increase in last year’s spending will be covered by the projected rise in 2011 valuations. Those are projected at $107,826,326 compared to last year’s $106,495,789, according to Ford.
“On Nov. 1, the final assessed valuation will be determined for which our number of mills necessary to fund our dollar request is subject to change; however, the levied dollars will not change,” Ford noted in his report.
Practicing fiscal restraint within all departments is aiding in keeping the budget at bay, according to Ford.
“The entire city staff works diligently to overcome the rising costs of doing business, such as fuel, utilities, maintenance and supplies,” Ford noted. “They are to be commended for their continuing efforts to reduce costs without sacrificing the quality or level of services they provide.”