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Ellis County Courthouse
1204 Fort Street, Hays, KS 67601
Ph: (785) 628-9410
County Budget

Budget Process

One of the most important responsibilities of the Board of County Commissioners is to appropriate funds for the operation of County departments.  This is done through the annual budget, which also fixes the tax rate that will be levied on real property for the support of County services.

Ellis County’s fiscal year is the same as the calendar year (January 1 – December 31).  Pursuant to state law, the budget must be adopted no later than August 25 preceding the January 1 start date.  To prepare a budget for adoption by mid-August, the process begins in the spring prior to the beginning of the year.
The County Administrator works with all County departments to prepare budget request and submits a budget proposal to the Board of County Commissioners, which then reviews the proposal and conducts at least one public hearing.

Current-Year Budget

Kansas law requires all cities and counties to submit annual budget on prescribed forms. A PDF of Ellis County’s state budget forms for 2016 can be found here.  You can also find these on the state’s  website at the link to the right.  The County also prepares an easier-to-read budget book.  You can view this year’s budget book by clicking here.

Next Year’s Budget

On August 1, 2016, the Ellis County Board of County Commissioners adopted the budget for 2017. A PDF copy of the state form can be found here.  Want to see how your tax dollars are broken out, click hereA full book will be prepared in December and available early in 2017.

Past Years’ Budget

Budgets for 2011 through 2015 are available in the Document Center of this website.

For More Information

If you have questions about the County budget, please Phillip Smith-Hanes or call (785) 628-9410.