Who: Crawford County Commission When: 10 a.m. Tuesday
Issue: Completing the 2015 fiscal budget Commissioners spent more than an hour trying to complete the 2015 budget. Commissioners picked up where they left off on Friday, which was a .173 drop in the mill levy from fiscal year 2014. By the end of the day, commissioners had left a cut of .262 mills compared to last year. For a $100,000 house, that means a drop in taxes of about $3. None of the cuts are final until commissioners pass the budget, which is expected to take place this Friday. Among the cuts that commissioners discussed on Tuesday were cutting $5,000 from the courthouse budget request, trimming $2,000 from court security, cutting $5,000 from road and bridge, and slicing $7,000 from noxious weeds. However, it should be noted that even with the cuts, each of these departments is still seeing growth compared to 2014 levels. “I don’t know what more we could do about it. As I look at it, we’re probably 3 percent under where we were six years ago,” said Commissioner Bob Kmiec. “We’ve cut 2 percent a year for several years in a row.”
Issue: Potential casino bid Commissioners received a release from Downstream Casino Resort about their planned efforts with Phil Ruffin to bid on the opening of Camptown Greyhound Park as a state-owned casino. Commissioners were told that as plans came along, the Downstream officials would come to speak to the Crawford County Commission to seek their approval and support in the application process. Applications will be accepted between now and December to the Kansas Lottery Commission.
Other issues heard by the Crawford County Commission • Commissioners approved a lease-purchase for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for three vehicles. The lease-purchase will be through Commerce Bank for 36 months at a 1.64 percent interest rate.