Archive for Wednesday, August 16, 2000

City approves 2001 budget

August 16, 2000

Sewer upgrades and a possible water project are two of the major items in the 2001 budget for the city of Tonganoxie.

At Monday night's Tonganoxie City Council meeting, a public hearing was held with no comment from the public and the council unanimously passed the proposed budget for 2001.

The projected water expenditures are $768,915, while the sewer is about $391,724.

Growth and higher-priced real estate played a role in this year's mill levy. Increases in assessed property valuation allowed a decrease in the mill levy, said Tom Singleton, an accountant with Schehrer, Bennett and Lowenthal, Lawrence. The valuation increased from $12,929,167 for 2000 to $14,563,211 for 2001. This allowed the city to lower the mill rate from 33.712 to 33.106.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

"The mill rate decreased and we were still able to provide the city with the funds needed," Singleton said. "We included additional amounts in sewer, water and capital projects."

The city is in the process of putting together the final application for a revolving fund to help pay for the sewer interceptor project, which was estimated in January by Chris Eppley, former city administrator, to cost about $300,000. The city is just waiting as it works out the details on three outstanding easement requests. After that, the city will be ready to complete and submit the application for the loan. After the loan application is processed, a public hearing will be held and bids will be taken for the project, said Brian Kingsley, city engineer.

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