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U.S. Census Bureau estimate show Tonganoxie’s growth slowing

August 3, 2010

Tonganoxie ended 10 years of remarkable population gain with its smallest population increase of the decade, according to estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last month.

The bureau annually releases each summer population estimates of states, counties, cities and townships. The figures released this year estimate population as of July 1, 2009. The official 2010 Census will be released next spring.

The estimate shows the effects of the housing slowdown. It is estimated Tonganoxie grew by 114 people to 4,416 in the 12 months before July 1, 2009. That compared to an estimated population increase of 148 the previous year.

The most recent estimated increase is the smallest in a 10-year span that saw Tonganoxie grow from an estimated population of 2,796. When this decade’s housing boom was in full flower, the city added an estimated 330 new residents July 2005 through June 2006 and had increases of more than 200 in two other years earlier in the decade.

The city only has issued eight new residential permits in the first seven months of this year, which is on pace to match the 17 issued in 2009, Tonganoxie City Administrator Mike Yanez said.

In an effort to spur development, the city agreed to rebate development feeds in homes of more than $220,000. The city’s new revitalization plan would offer owners of a new home of more than $120,000 property tax rebates on the value of the improvement from the city, school district, township and county.

Even with no new subdivisions, there is plenty of building opportunities in the city. Yanez said 98 “buildable” lots are available. Of those, 10 single-family and two multi-family sites are in-fill lots in older neighbors and the remainder are in newer subdivisions, he said.

In his quarterly report Monday to the Leavenworth County Commission, county appraiser Bob Weber said the new home activity in the county remained slow but steady.

That is reflected in other estimates. Basehor, which added an estimated 2,000 residents in the past decade, grew by 169 people, according to the latest estimate, and Lansing by 96.

Leavenworth County reached a milestone when its population exceeded 75,000 for the first time. According to the estimate, the county grew by 872 and its population is currently estimated at 75,227.

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