Sedgwick County commissioners vote to limit debt, hold property tax rates flat

Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to limit their ability to borrow and set a goal of flat property tax rates for the next six years.

In a decision reminiscent of last year’s budget fight, commissioners voted 3-2 to lower how much debt can be included in the county budget.

They voted unanimously to try to keep a level mill levy rate for the next six county budgets. That rate, which determines property tax payments, would be lowered in 2023.

The county used to have a target debt ceiling of 20 percent, meaning it couldn’t spend more than 20 percent of its budget on paying back debt.

The ceiling now will be 9 percent. It will be lowered to 8 percent in 2019.

The county’s current debt makes up about 9.6 percent of county expenses.

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