No objections from citizens about mill levy increase, commission approves budget unanimously
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday, Seward County Commission Chairman Joyce Hibler declared a public hearing open to hear comments about the county’s proposed budget for 2011.
Less than a minute later, with no comments heard from the public, the commission voted to close the hearing, and immediately following that, the board unanimously decided to adopt the budget.
The budget called for an increase of more than 6 mills, bringing it to a total of 33.701 mills, in the county’s levy and an increase of more than $1 million in expenditures.
The commission also voted to adopt two resolutions – one attesting to an increase in tax revenues for budget year 2011 for Seward County and another attesting to such an increase for the county’s rural fire district.
Hibler made a brief statement to the public following the vote.
“This is one of the hardest budgets in the eight years that I have sat on this board,” she said. “It’s hard not to give your fellow employees raises. We have such good employees that work in the county. We want to do right by them. I think the recession is just actually hitting Seward County. I think we’re going to see more of it. It’s not over with yet, but by the grace of God, we’ll see things pick up. I thank every one of you.”