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Emporia City Commission approves 2017 budget and other ordinances during Wednesday's meeting

The Emporia City Commission had their latest meeting on Wednesday night. The main topic on the menu was formally accepting the 2017 budget.



The budget increase is 1 mil. Board members from the Commission approved the budget by a 4-1 vote. Steve Harmon voted against the mil increase because he thought the levy could stay flat, but he commended fellow commissioners for handling a new ambulance purchase and the creation of new positions in the Emporia Fire Department to manage the new equipment.


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In addition to approving the budget, the City Commission also authorized the City of Emporia to issue general obligation bonds for acquiring firefighting equipment.


The meeting also included approving a grant application for improving housing developments in Emporia. This grant program is known as the Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG for short. CDBG allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties.


These funds are then turned into monetary assignments to improve their respective communities. Harmon has more on the CDBG and what it means for improving the Emporia community.


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As was the case last week, towing issues were once again addressed Wednesday. The City of Emporia mandates a Tier 1 and Tier 2 system for towing responsibilities. A Tier 1 towing company relates to preference tows from the consumer and Tier 2 relates to non-preference or general towing companies.


Regardless of Tiers, several board members brought up the necessity of having a boom truck for all of the Emporia towing companies. They said a boom truck is necessary for any emergency towing situation.


For more information on the Emporia City Commission and when future meetings take place, please go to http://www.emporia-kansas.gov/. Click on "Government" and then click on "City Commission."

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