Tonganoxie City Council gives final approval for 2016 budget
Architect selected for potential police plans
The Tonganoxie City Council has given final approval for its 2016 budget.
The council approved the budget Monday after a public hearing on the matter during the council’s regular meeting.
Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year.
mill levy for 2016 is 43.604. That’s a decrease of about a half-mill from the 2015 rate of 44.175.
A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in residential property valuation.
Though that rate is lower, the council approved a $2 increase for sewer services. That will increase residents’ monthly base charge from $9.50 to $11.50. The hike is to cover increased debt for sewer improvements. Sewer debt increases by $50,000 next year. The rate stays steady until another sizable increase in 2021.
The water and sewer rates also are increasing by 3 percent for 2016.
Cost for up to 1,000 gallons will be $28.43 and then $10 for each additional 1,000 gallons starting in January.
The rates have climbed since 2014 when the rate for up to $1,000 gallons was 22.91. That went up to $27.60 in 2015.
The rate for each additional 1,000 gallons in 2014 was $9.42 and $9.71 in 2015.
City selects HTK architects for building assessments
The City Council selected HTK architects for evaluation of two existing buildings for potential future use as the Tonganoxie police station.
Members voted, 3-1, with Curtis Oroke voting against, to hire HTK Architects. The agreement is for services not to exceed $12,600.
A selection committee of Council Member Kara Reed, police Chief Jeff Brandau, Assistant City Administrator Jamie Shockley, citizen Stick Ojala and City Administrator Nathan McCommon reviewed written responses and called five firms for interviews.
Other firms that participated were BG Consultants, Arch Images, Tevis Architects, Treanor Architects, SFS Architects and WSKF Architects.
HTK Architects also was the planning firm for the new Tonganoxie Elementary School.
The two buildings that have been considered are Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets and Midwest Carpet Center near Fourth and Main streets.
— For more about these issues, including extended discussion about how the city helps fund community organizations, see next week’s edition of The Mirror.