The 2014 Budget includes the addition of personnel in police and fire while reflecting a stable but uncertain financial picture.
The budget includes a property tax mill rate at 12.833 mills, the lowest of any city in Johnson County and of any first class city in Kansas. The budget contains no new programs or services.
"Our primary focus is to maintain current programs and services, strengthen public safety services and increase investments in the maintenance of public infrastructure such as streets, curbs, stormwater management and traffic management," said City Manager Bill Ebel. "We are increasing the expenditure of all maintenance categories by more than $4 million over the current budget."
Overland Park continues to age as a city and requires additional funding for maintenance, Ebel added. The 2014-2018 Capital Improvement Program highlights many of those projects.
The budget reflects a slight growth in assessed value of real property, sales and use taxes, while at the same time projecting a reasonable increase of 3 to 4 percent in expenditures due to inflation costs for items such as utilities, maintenance materials and personnel.
Budget highlights include the addition of:
- Two full-time positions in the Fire Department to implement new mobile strategies for delivery of EMS services and response.
- A new full-time records technician in the Police Department to support implementation of requirements for evidence submission and documentation as needed by the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.
- A full-time construction inspector in the Public Works Department.
- A contract special events and education coordinator for the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens funded by the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, a 501(c)(3) organization.
- The addition of a two part-time positions in the Planning and Development Services Department, one in code enforcement and the other in support of planning and development services.
For additional information, contact Gena McDonald, deputy chief financial officer, at 913-895-6158.