City fund police cars, truck, Highlands
By ERICKA WERLING
The Abilene City Commission approved the 2014 proposed budget on a 4-1 vote Monday, with Commissioner Angie Casteel casting the opposing vote.
There was no discussion among commissioners on the budget prior to the vote.
In talking after the meeting, Casteel explained her vote.
“I don’t think it’s the time to raise taxes,” she said.
City Manager David Dillner said the budget would increase property taxes for property within the city limits by about 2.078 mil, or about $36 for a residential home with an assessed valuation of $150,000. The General Fund includes provisions for the replacement of three police patrol units and a bucket truck for the Public Works Department. In addition, the budget includes funding to pay financial obligations associated with G.O. debt issued for the Highlands development.
The commission approved a grant agreement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a runway rehabilitation project, of which 90 percent will be funded from federal funds. The FAA has awarded the project $189,000 to make improvements to the runway surface and lighting.
Dillner said by taking advantage of federal funds, the city can reduce the cost of the project to the Abilene taxpayer and ensure that the Abilene Airport is able to safely serve general aviation travelers. Local match funding will come from the Airport's discretionary funding.
Mayor John Ray, on behalf of the City of Abilene, expressed appreciation to the Sister City Committee board and the host families for their involvement with the Sister City delegation. In traditional form, the delegation from Omitama, Japan provided the gift of a Japanese tea set to the City of Abilene. The tea set will be displayed in the Abilene Public Library.
In other action, the commission:
• approved ordinance No. 3239 incorporating by reference the Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities, Edition of 2013;
• approved Ordinance No. 3240 incorporating by reference the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, Edition of 2013;
• approved a motion authorizing the city manager to request the Kansas Department of Transportation to exchange City-designated state funds with the City’s allotment of federal funds in the amount of $36,247.01.