Douglas County residents will have another opportunity to express their opinions of both Horizon 2020 and the 1997 county budget during the county commission's regular meeting at 6:35 p.m. today.
This will be the public's final chance for input on the 1997 budget, which commissioners are expected to approve tonight. Since the budget already has been published, commissioners may reduce it but not increase it.
Commissioners will be considering a budget listing $25,667,129 in expenditures and requiring a levy of 25.189 mills to fund. A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.
This year's budget, with expenditures of $25,782,756, carried a tax levy of 25.517 mills.
The meeting will be in the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
As for Horizon 2020, the new comprehensive land use plan, tonight's meeting will be the commission's second chance to hear from the public since the draft of the document was presented to the county for consideration earlier this month.
County commissioners are expected to vote on whether to adopt the guide plan this fall.
The Lawrence City Commission, which also is considering the joint planning guide, will join county commissioners at a study session next Wednesday. That meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the county commission chambers.
Then, during the meeting at 6:35 p.m. Sept. 11, county commissioners will announce any revisions they would like to see in the plan. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the revisions during the commission's meeting Oct. 16.