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Riley County commissioners agree to mill levy increase

Riley County commissioners approved a 2 percent increase to the county mill levy rate for next year, according to KMAN.

The mill levy, currently at 38.267, would increase by .767 to 39.034. The mill represents a $1 tax for every $1,000 in taxable, assessed property value.

On Monday, the commission decided to cut cost of living adjustment increases for county employees. Commissioners said the change was needed to keep the mill levy low, according to KMAN.

“As leaders we need to take that bull by the horns and talk to them, talk to our people,” Commissioner Robert Boyd said. “These are things we have to do. It is caused by Gov. Brownback, pure and simple, by the legislature and Gov. Brownback. They’ve created this crisis. And unfortunately it’s going to get worse, I believe, before it gets better. We’ve got a fiscal mine field to go through in the next few years.”

K-State named best college in Kansas by Money magazine

Money magazine published its annual list of the best colleges in the country and named K-State as the best college in Kansas.

The article cited K-State’s close proximity to Fort Riley, the Biosecurity Research Institute and the K-State Proud student-run philanthropy.

Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, said in a written statement that K-State provides options that help fit students’ needs.

“K-State is the college of choice among Kansas high school seniors and the largest undergraduate university in the state, so we’re not surprised to be ranked as the best college in Kansas by Money magazine,” Bosco said. “With our nationally ranked programs, outstanding faculty and staff and services that help students achieve and succeed, K-State is known for its family atmosphere and as a place where students from Kansas and across the nation and world can thrive.”

Riley County Fair kicks off with parade next week

The Riley County Fair parade will start Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. The parade route will travel down Poyntz Avenue from Manhattan Town Center to City Park. The fair, taking place at the Riley County Fairgrounds, opens the same day and features carnival rides, a 4-H bake sale and music.