The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 4-0 on July 24 to hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 to allow for a budget hearing.

This hearing will provide an opportunity for citizens to voice their questions and concerns about the city’s proposed 2019 budget.

Following the hearing, the commissioners can either adopt the budget at that time or table the discussion until their regular meeting Aug. 21.

No other business will be discussed at this meeting. An overview of the proposed budget will be published soon and also can be found online at

Maximum expenditures for 2019 are capped at $25,888,350, which equates to an estimated 70.250 mills. That figure will vary slightly based on assessed valuations, but Mayor Dan Jurkovich said he would like to see it reduced to less than 70 mills if possible.

City Manager Nick Hernandez said staff would work on the numbers some more and try to bring it into line with the current rate of 69.919 mills.

Due to the scheduling of the hearing, the commission also will have to move the South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting that was set to take place that same night. They will take up this issue in their next trustees’ meeting at 7:30 a.m. July 26 at SCKMC.

Commissioner Karen Welch was absent from the July 24 special meeting due to a family emergency.