BCC reduces tax on mills; no tax increase for 2023

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No revenue neutrality rate hearing was needed Tuesday at Barton Community College because the college is not asking for more taxpayer money in 2023 than it did in 2022. the BCC held a public hearing on the budget on Tuesday. With no one asking to speak, council closed the hearing and approved the budget as published in the July 20 issue of Grand Bend Grandstand.

As reported in July, the budget includes a tax rate cut of 2.142 mills, which in theory should bring in the same amount of tax dollars as last year. Barton County’s estimated valuation increased last year by approximately $19 million, primarily due to rising real estate and oil/gas valuations.

The mill levy request concerns 30,951 mills, compared to 33,093 mills for 2021-2022. The amount collected last year was just over $9 million.

New staff

In other business on Tuesday, trustees approved new staff. Unless otherwise noted, the following people are on the Barton County campus:

• Sheila Smither – Enrollment Specialist, Fort Riley Campus

• Victoria Gonzales – Assistant Athletics Coach

• Jeanette Libal – Career Counselor (Correctional Education)

• Kylie Dean – Assistant Athletic Coach

• Kimberly Heinz – Human Resources Technician

• Jamie Fager – Administrative Assistant

• Gary Lewis – Gardener

• Jonathan Jones – Groundkeeper

• Sayde Fitzgerald – Nursing Educator, Pratt Campus; Contract

• Zeth Harper – Campus Security Manager

• Sara Martinz – Registration Services Support Specialist

Two additional employees are changing positions and will be contract employees. They are Carson DuBose, head softball coach, and Maggie Harris, director of communications.

Upcoming reports/events

The board also heard reports on academic integrity at the college, strategic planning and emergency planning.

Upcoming events include Saturday’s 43rd Annual Big Benefit Auction for the Barton Foundation at 6 p.m.; a celebration of learning at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility at 1:30 p.m. on October 12; a Great Bend Chamber coffee and ribbon cutting for Barton’s carpentry/plumbing and welding shops at 9 a.m. on October 13; and a Great Bend Chamber After Hours at Camp Aldrich at 5 p.m. on October 20.

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