Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bonner to maintain property tax rate in 2013 budget

July 25, 2012

The Bonner Springs City Council Monday approved publication of its 2013 budget, which maintains the city’s current property tax rate, and set a public hearing at its Aug. 13 meeting.

While a budget included in the council packet released to the public last week showed a slightly lower property tax rate, the budget approved Monday maintains the property tax rate at 30.578 mills. The legal notice lists the total net expenditures, less transfers within the budget, at $15,652,980.

The 2013 expenditures are nearly $790,000 more than the 2011 expenditures and $1.4 million less than the estimated expenditures for this year.

With the publishing of the budget, the council cannot increase proposed expenditures, but the council can decrease expenditures after the public hearing when they give final approval of the budget.

In other taxing matters, the council also approved a resolution to place the renewal of the quarter-cent Fire/EMS sales tax for 10 years on November’s ballot. The tax expires Oct. 1, 2013, and without its renewal, the city will have to find a way to fund debt payments on the recent renovations and expansion of the fire and EMS station.

Funds from the tax also would continue to be used to purchase public safety vehicles and equipment.

In other business, the council:

• In a workshop prior to the regular meeting, gave general support to a new map of city wards as required after the 2010 Census results to ensure there is an equal population in each ward. The city staff developed four options; all kept city council members in their current ward. The 2010 Census listed the city’s population at 7,314, so equal representation would mean each ward would have about 1,828 people. Council members all supported the first option, which gives ward 4 1,833 residents, and each of the other wards a population of 1,827.

• Tabled until its next meeting discussion of an ordinance to establish the city manager’s salary and a contract amendment for the salary increase, due to the absence of council member Eric Freeman. Mayor Clausie Smith said it is now his policy to ensure all council members are present to vote on such items.

• Approved an expenditure of $85,840 to remove and reinstall the 12-inch water line on the Kansas Highway 7 bridge. The Kansas Department of Transportation’s work on the bridge requires the city to move and reinstall the line at its own cost.

• Approved an ordinance to authorize the city to enter into and execute documents for the Industrial Revenue Bonds issued to Wyandotte County Line Development (Berkel). The IRBs were originally issued in 2007 and contained an error that must be corrected.

• Approved an ordinance to amend the hourly rate for the city attorney and city prosecutor from $100 per hour to $110 per hour beginning next year. The rates haven’t been increased since 1999.

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