KPERS hikes will hit city and county budgets

Local units of government may need to dig deeper into their budgets to cover changes to the state pension system that will push up their employer contribution rates in 2019.

Combined, the governments of Topeka and Shawnee County estimate the change will add more than $2 million to their pension-related expenses.

“It’s concerning,” Shawnee County Commissioner Bob Archer said. “It will definitely have an impact on our budget.”

A city official expressed a similar sentiment.

“This increase will be felt across all City funds and make continuing to deliver a balanced budget more challenging,” city finance director Brandon Kauffman said in an emailed statement.

(Read more: The Hutchinson News)