The 2011 adopted budget continues Overland Park's commitment to high quality services, while maintaining our commitment to low property taxes. At 8.876 mills to support the 2011 budget, the City's property tax rate is the lowest in Johnson County and one of the lowest in the state.
Budget Fast Facts
|Adopted 2011||Change from Previous Year|
The 2011 budgeted full-time staffing level of 844 is less than the 2003 level. While the 2011 budget includes two fewer full-time staff members in 2011 compared to 2003, between 2003 and 2011, 60 new public safety (fire and police) full-time positions were added; these positions were offset by the elimination of 62 non-public safety positions.
The reduced operating budget is the result of continued reductions in the city's expenditure plan based on continued economic challenges and in anticipation of a slow economic recovery. The city's emphasis when developing a budget has been to minimize the financial burden for Overland Park taxpayers while sustaining front-line services.
- No changes in services to citizens.
- 57 full-time positions have been eliminated during 2010, which further reduces expenditures budgeted in 2011. These reductions are the result of the layoff of 42 employees in early 2010 and the elimination of several vacant positions.
- No salary increases are included in the 2011 operating budget. However, if the financial outlook improves, capacity has been included in contingency funds to consider salary adjustments. City employees did not receive raises in 2010, and received reduced raises in 2009.
- Reductions in funding for travel and equipment replacement, which began in 2009, have been continued. Equipment replacement for 2011 has been limited only to the most critical replacement needs.
- Additions include revenue-supported personnel and funding for the operations at the Overland Park Soccer Complex and Deanna Rose Farmstead. Additional resources have also been dedicated to the City's recycling center, and the prosecutor's office. Funding for these items has been reallocated from elsewhere in the City budget.
- The budget includes lower-than-normal funding for maintenance and capital projects.
2011 capital improvement projects including:
- 2011 Neighborhood Residential Street Reconstruction Project
- Thoroughfare improvements:
- Widening 127th Street, from Metcalf to Nall
- Widening 159th Street, Antioch to Metcalf
- Widening Quivira Road, 99th Street to I-435