Pratt’s auditors awarded their highest “opinion” to the city’s bookkeeping for the latest fiscal year at Monday night’s meeting of the City Commission, making note that $2 million was whittled from cash reserves in order to keep the mill levy at the same level as the previous year.


Pratt’s auditors awarded their highest “opinion” to the city’s bookkeeping for the latest fiscal year at Monday night’s meeting of the City Commission, making note that $2 million was whittled from cash reserves in order to keep the mill levy at the same level as the previous year.

The city’s financial health is such that it can afford to make such sacrifices. Vickie Dreiling, who presented the audit findings to the Commission for Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball Chartered of Great Bend, said the unencumbered cash balance at the end of the fiscal year was $14.3 million.

“I think you do a great job of putting money back,” Dreiling said.

Most municipalities have capital reserve funds, she said, but Pratt makes sure almost every department is routinely setting aside money for budgeted expenditures.

In other business, the Commission:

• Heard a presentation by Frank Laubhan and Jack Galle about the Pratt County Hospital Board’s $29 million proposal for renovating Pratt Regional Medical Center. (Look for a feature story in an upcoming issue.)

• Approved a request by the Pratt Young Professionals Group to host an outdoor presentation of the movie “The Sandlot” at Lemon Park to coincide with other community events on July 19.

• Approved the closing of Third and Second streets from Main to Jackson for the annual Sidewalk Sale July 14.

• Awarded a $32,710 contract to Solomon Electric for a transformer rewind.