Winfield City Commission Approves 2024 Mill Levy Increase Amid Resident Protests and Revenue Projections
The Winfield City Commission unanimously approved a 2024 mill levy exceeding the revenue neutral rate to fund staff salary increases, despite resident protests.
Impact of 2024 Mill Levy Increase on Property Taxes and Funding for Public Services
The Winfield City Commission unanimously voted to approve a 2024 mill levy exceeding the revenue neutral rate, sparking opposition from residents. The proposed 2024 mill levy, at 50.750, is lower than 2023’s 54.445 but is expected to generate an extra $384,000 in revenue due to rising property values. According to reports, these funds will support pay raises for police, fire, and parks department staff, with a total preliminary budget of $61.5 million.
Homeowners with a $100,000 property would pay $593.61 in 2024, down from $625.92 in the current mill levy. However, homes valued at $100,000 in 2023 may see an increase to around $110,000 in 2024, resulting in a $641.97 proposed property tax.
Mill Levy Debate: Winfield City Commission Votes to Exceed Revenue Neutral Rate for 2024 Budget Amidst Public Hearing
Kansas state law mandates a public hearing when taxing bodies exceed the revenue neutral rate. Winfield’s revenue neutral rate is 46.638 mills, designed to maintain tax collections at the previous year’s level.
During the hearing, residents expressed concerns about affordability, population loss, and business impact. Some called for budget cuts, while others stressed attracting new businesses. Commissioners argued the additional revenue is essential for competitiveness and staff salaries, and Commissioner Brenda Butters hinted at possible mill levy reduction.
The commission voted 3-0 to exceed the revenue neutral rate for the 2024 budget. Final budget approval will be considered at the September 16 commission meeting.