KANSAS CITY – Jackson County government will continue in 2015 its ongoing trend of spending less. County Legislators voted 9-0 Monday afternoon to approve a $292.6 million budget that represents a $4.7 million decrease compared to the 2014 budget and marks the eighth consecutive year the county’s budget has shrunk.
“The budget adopted today is 19.2 percent smaller than the $361.7 million budget five years ago, in 2010,” County Executive Mike Sanders pointed out. “We’ve been able to shrink our budget, keeping it balanced, without reducing county services or raising county property taxes.”
The county’s operating tax levy for 2015 will decrease to 0.5141 cents per $100 assessed value. That levy is at its lowest level since 1996.
“Our sales tax figures indicate the economy may be turning around, with people making more purchases,” County Executive Sanders said.
In 2014, Jackson County sales tax revenue increased 10 percent, and county officials project another 5 percent jump in 2015.
“This is a leaner, but responsible budget for Jackson County,” said the County Executive. “We have lowered our tax levy and reduced our budget for the eighth straight year, all while keeping the county on solid financial ground, which is exemplified by our improved AAA bond rating.”
The County Executive went on to thank county employees for their hard work and dedication. “They make it possible for us to continue to deliver quality services to the people of Jackson County,” he said.