2019 Budget

Proposed 2019 Budget In-Brief (August 2018)

Development of the 2019 budget is underway.

Budget Process

The City Council held its first public hearing on the 2019 budget on Monday, April 2 to allow the public a first opportunity to provide input into the development of the City’s annual operating budget.

The City Manager presented the proposed 2019 budget to the Governing Body at a Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting on Monday, June 4. See the city manager's presentation.

Additional steps in the process include:

  1. Members of the Governing Body review and revise the budget during Goal Area Committee meetings during the months of June and July.
  2. The City Council Committee of the Whole reconvenes to review the 2019 Budget and any proposed changes on Monday, July 16.
  3. A second public hearing scheduled during the Monday, Aug. 6, City Council meeting.
  4. Final adoption scheduled for the Aug. 13. City Council meeting.
  5. An approved budget goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Proposed Budget

The proposed 2019 budget includes allocations for 2019 operating, maintenance and capital expenditures, revenue projections for 2019, and updates to the 2019-2023 Capital Improvements Program and Maintenance Program. 

The total proposed 2019 budget is $294.8 million, a 0.9% increase from the 2018 budget.

General funding to support annual operations is $122.5 million, a 4.2% increase.

The operations portion of the budget funds the day-to-day operations of the City such as personal services, commodities, contractual services and equipment replacement.

Key Components

Highlights of the proposed 2019 budget include:

  • No change in the City's low property tax rate of 13.565 mills, which is approximately half the rate of neighboring cities.
  • An increased emphasis on Public Safety, including additional resources dedicated toward School Resource Officers, drug intervention programs, fire inspections and fire employee safety enhancements.
  • Additional resources towards Neighborhood Preservation and Infrastructure Preservation through the City’s street maintenance program.
  • Increases to Information Technology and Facilities budgets for annual maintenance to support the information technology systems and facilities necessary for providing citizen services.
  • A work force of 1,084.10 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, approximately 5.6 FTE per 1,000 residents.

Property Taxes

At a tax rate of 13.565 mills, the owner of a $300,000 home in Overland Park would pay approximately $468 in property taxes to the city in 2019.

The remainder of property tax bills, about 85-90 percent of the total bill, are paid to Johnson County, local school districts, and the state of Kansas.