GIRARD — Due to a complex formula based on property taxes, two of Crawford County’s four independent fire districts will see tax levies slightly exceeding five mills.

GIRARD — Due to a complex formula based on property taxes, two of Crawford County’s four independent fire districts will see tax levies slightly exceeding five mills.

Any increase above five mills requires a resolution by the Crawford County Commission.

“It’s like doing someone’s income taxes, there’s a formula you have to follow,” said Don Pyle, Crawford County clerk, during Tuesday’s commission meeting. “It starts with numbers from last year, with additions and subtractions.”

Since the fire district mill levies are based on property taxes, changes in property valuations affect the rates, and a levy increase may be needed to make up for lower valuations in a district.

“It could be that a district hasn’t had as much new construction or improvements, so the property valuation and taxes go down,” Pyle said.

He said that Fire Districts 2 and 4 are right at five mills.

“What Fire District 2 is asking for is $800 more, based on what was levied last year,” he said.

Fire District No. 1 had expenditures of $154,500 in 2011, and the 2012 budget is set at $162,800. The mill levy here will increase from 4.328 to 4.974.

Fire District No. 2 had expenditures of $87,380 in 2011 and the 2012 budget goes to $93,360, with a 5.0 mill levy both years.

In Fire District No. 3, the budget will increase from $45,355 in 2011 to $46,370 in 2012, with the mill levy dropping from 4.996 to 4.70.

Fire District No. 4 had $47,900 in expenditures in 2011  and a mill levy of 4.996, with $512,049 called for in 2012 and a mill levy of 5.0.

“The commission will need to have a resolution on Fire Districts 2 and 4 at the Friday meeting,” Pyle said.

The commission also approved $125,951 to the Crawford County Health Department to serve as regional contractor for the Early Detection Works Program, which provides timely diagnostic services, referrals and follow-up for program-eligible women with breast or cervical abnormalities.

Early Detection Works  serves a southeast Kansas region including Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Montgomery, Neosho, Woodson and Wilson Counties.

Commissioner Carl Wood announced that the railroad crossing on Free King Highway, near KMO Grain, Inc., will be repaired in the near future. During the repair process, a portion of the road will be blocked, and commissioner Linda Grilz urged that advance notice be given to the public as to when and where the road will be blocked.

“This is something that’s needed to be done for a long time, and the railroad will pay for the repairs,” Wood said. “The county will help out with signs.”

A public budget hearing on the proposed 2012 budget will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Crawford County Courthouse for the purpose of hearing and answering any objections of taxpayers relating to proposed use of all funds and the amount of ad valorem tax. Detailed budget information is available at the Crawford County Clerk’s office and will also be available at the meeting Friday.