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City Council considers 2020 recommended budget

City Council considers 2020 recommended budget
Posted on 07/08/2019
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Update: The Lenexa City Council will consider the 2020 Recommended Budget during the August 20, 2019 regular meeting.

Story published July 8, 2019:

As part of the annual budget development process, a public hearing for the Recommended 2020 Budget is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. You are invited to attend the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Lenexa City Hall’s Community Forum, to participate in the public hearing.

The total recommended budget for all funds, including projected reserve amounts, is $174.2 million. This includes $126 million for expenditures and $48.2 million for projected reserve amounts. For expenditures, this is an increase of $5.5 million (4.6%) compared to the 2019 adopted budget. These additional expenditures would fund day-to-day city operations, support economic development initiatives and allow a continued focus on providing quality city services.

One key consideration is to reduce the projected property tax levy by 0.620 mills to an estimated 29.289 mills. This is a decrease of 2.1% and would be the second consecutive year the City Council has decreased the mill levy.

The proposed budget includes an increase of three full-time equivalent positions (less than 1%) for 2020. Additional staff would support the Police Department, park maintenance, street sweeping and the Rec Center.

The proposed budget maintains appropriate reserve levels in all city funds. The city’s financial model reflects structural balance, with projected revenues equal to or exceeding projected expenditures for the general fund in each year of the five-year forecast period. It also continues the city’s commitment to the Governing Body’s strategic goals of providing quality city services, ensuring fiscal responsibility, promoting economic development, continuing reinvestment in the community, developing Lenexa City Center and creating a sense of community within Lenexa.

Formal adoption of the budget must be completed by the City Council prior to August 25, 2019.

The City Council will review the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget later this fall. The CIP outlines capital projects for the next five years and the public is able to provide input on the proposed capital projects during the City Council review process.

You can view Lenexa’s 2020 Recommended Budget or the Executive Summary

Public comments and questions may be directed to budget@lenexa.com or Chief Financial Officer Doug Robinson at 913.477.7500.