The Harvey County Commission will consider a 2024 budget with a 1.0 mill increase, after the Commission approved moving forward with a recommended budget at its July 11 meeting.

The recommended budget can be viewed here.

The Commission established a maximum tax levy of $16,520,575 at its meeting. Commissioners can decide to maintain or decrease the 2024 tax levy figure in the coming weeks, but cannot exceed it.

The recommended budget positions the estimated mills at 44.604. If adopted, it would represent a 1.0 mill increase from 2023. The entirety of the 1.0 mill increase was earmarked for financing Harvey County Road and Bridge projects.

Here is a comparison of county mills over previous years:

  • 2024: 44.604 (estimated)
  • 2023: 43.604
  • 2022: 42.629
  • 2021: 42.649
  • 2020: 42.356

The 2024 recommended budget would prioritize several projects, including:

  • Rehabbing 23 miles of roadway pavement (about $2.5 million) and replacing three bridge structures (about $740,000)
  • Strengthening the County's appropriation for municipal ambulance services to bolster EMS staffing levels
  • Updating body and vehicle camera equipment for Sheriff's Office deputies
  • Dedicating funding toward long-term maintenance projects at the Harvey County Detention Center
  • Constructing a new shower house at Harvey County West Park (this project has also partially been funded through donation).

The recommended budget is not official. The budget will later be considered for adoption. The Commission is first scheduled to convene a revenue neutral rate hearing and public budget hearing Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Harvey County Courthouse. Consideration of adopting the budget may follow.

(Updated July 11, 2023)