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Hays will unveil 2015 budget at meeting





The proposed 2015 budget for the city of Hays will be presented to the Hays City Commission at its work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in city hall.

The $36 million balanced budget was affected by a projected 2-percent decrease in sales tax revenue, said Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager. The commission has allocated $270,276 in cash to keep the mill levy at 25 because it would have been approximately 26.25. The mill levy has not increased in six years.

The number of city employees remains unchanged at 181. No cost-of-living adjustment or merit pay increase will be given to staff, but a 2-percent bonus just for 2015 is budgeted.

In other business:

* Commissioners will discuss funding a marketing campaign to promote SkyWest Airlines' new service at Hays Regional Airport. City staff is asking to use $25,000 of the $50,000 set aside for publicity efforts. The Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development also are contributing to the campaign.

* Chuck Comeau, president and founder of Liberty Group Inc., will present a plan for a downtown hotel at 1108 Main.