The City’s annual financial plan was presented and approved last month.
The City Council voted 4-1-0 to formally adopt the City Administrator’s recommended 2021 budget at the City Council meeting Aug. 13. The Governing Body also conditionally approved the 2022 budget at the same meeting. The State of Kansas only allows cities to formally approve one year’s budget at time.
In early March, City staff began the process of planning for a biennial budget, a first in Spring Hill history. Instead of making financial plans for one year, staff planned for both 2021 and 2022. But in the middle of those plans, staff had to switch gears due to the COVID-19 pandemic and re-prioritize needs. To keep Spring Hill moving, City leaders made important, strategic decisions regarding this year’s budget.
Some of the highlights in the 2021 budget include:
• Near level mill levy
• New police officer and three temporary Streets positions
• Maintenance and improvements for water and sewer utilities as well as streets
The 2022 budget only supports continuing service and operational expenditures as a result of COVID-19. As financial projections become clearer over the coming months, re-evaluation of 2022 will be presented to Council for their consideration.
To view the 2021-2022 budget, visit our website at www.springhillks.gov/432/Budget
RATES ADJUSTED FOR 2021
Water and wastewater rates were adopted as part of the 2021 budget process resulting in new rates beginning with the January 2021 utility bill.
An annual internal rate study was presented to City Council July 9. The rate study’s focus is to review utility operation and infrastructure needs over the upcoming ten years and determine whether current rates will adequately support the cost of those planned expenditures. When rate increases are necessary, the approach has been to implement small incremental changes.
The Spring Hill Water District — which includes about 2/3 of all households in Spring Hill — water rate minimum will increase 25 cents to $8.80 per 1,000 gallons. The monthly service charge will also increase to $13.33.
The Spring Hill wastewater rate for those in the Spring Hill city limits will increase to $17.43 for the first 2,000 gallons and to $8.87 for each additional 1,000 gallons. The service charge remains the same. Use for wastewater is billed as an amount for the first 2,000 gallons and then a rate per each 1,000 gallons beyond the first 2,000.
The most recent utility rate increase occurred in January 2019 and no rate increases were implemented in 2020. Rate changes were approved at the Aug. 13 City Council meeting. You can watch the meeting online at the City’s YouTube channel.