Emporia City Commission approves budget and five year plan amidst lengthy agenda Wednesday Featured

Emporia City Commission approves budget and five year plan amidst lengthy agenda Wednesday Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The 2020 budget for the city of Emporia is set.

Commissioners approved the budget following a brief public hearing during their Wednesday afternoon action session. KVOE has recently reported the budget will keep the mill levy flat, however, residents can expect to see some rate increases. The increases include a 10 percent increase to wastewater, 8 percent to water rates and 3 percent for stormwater fees.

City Manager Mark McAnarney says the city does not take rate increases lightly and the process for determining those increases is a very extensive one.

 

Several recent projects have contributed to the increases, including mandatory upgrades to the city water and wastewater treatment plants as well as unplanned maintenance to city infrastructure according to McAnarney. This is the second straight year of rate increases as last fall commissioners approved an 8 percent bump to water rates, 10 percent increase to wastewater and a 5 percent rise in solid waste fees.

The total budget comes out to $55 million with $4.7 million committed to capital expenses, which are items that are paid in cash. This includes vehicle purchases, building improvements, street work and the like.

By approving the 2020 budget commissioners also approved a five-year plan for 2020-2024. Director of Administrative Services for the city of Emporia Janet Harrouff explains this provides commissioners a detailed road map for years to come. However; she explains the needs are always evolving and so to is the plan.

 

Plans are to reevaluate the rate increases in the coming months, which could see a change in the current estimates.

Also during their meeting commissioners approved bids for a new rear load solid waste packer body and chassis as well as for 2019 waterline improvements at W South Avenue.   An agreement for services with H.W. Lochner Engineering for the airport resurfacing project, a resolution for a community development block grant, a request for a final subdivision plat and an ordinance and request for rezoning at 801 and 807 Constitution street all gained approval as well.   

In addition, commissioners proclaimed August 4-10 as National Health Center Week and were presented with funds for from Blue Cross Blue Shield for the Safe Routes to Healthy Foods program.  

The Emporia City Commission will meet again next Wednesday inside city conference room 1AB.  

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