By BECKY KISER
With a 25 mill levy — the same as it has been the past six years — the 2015 budget for the city of Hays was adopted unanimously by commissioners Thursday night.
There were no participants for the public hearing.
Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno presented highlights of the $35.8 million budget to commissioners.
“It’s a balanced budget despite a negative sales tax for six of the past seven months,” Briseno explained. “We have decreased expenditures by three percent. There’s been a 2.7 percent increase in our valuation, and we gave a one-time bonus for all 181 employees.”
An amendment to decrease funding to the Hays Sister Cities Advisory Board failed. Sister Cities is the only outside agency that will be funded in 2015 for the full amount it requested from the city — $5,050. The other outside agencies are subsidized at the same amounts they received for 2014.
Briseno said a “simplified six-page 2015 budget summary” will be posted on the city’s website for easy public access.