Budgets on minds of local governing bodies this coming week

Local governing bodies plan this coming week to discuss and take action on matters involving their 2018 budgets.

 

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th, while the Topeka City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

Commissioners plan to continue discussing county’s 2018 budget, according to the online agenda packet for Monday’s meeting. The commission began making revisions to that budget Thursday, leaving it in a manner that — if approved in its current form — would lower the property tax levy the county assesses by $0.611 mills, from 48.345 to 47.734.

Commissioners have stated their intent to adopt a budget that doesn’t raise the property tax mill levy. They tentatively plan to finalize that budget Aug. 21, said Archer. Monday’s discussion will focus on the health and parks and recreation departments.

Commissioners also plan to:

— Hear a second-quarter report from Wichita-based GraceMed, which assumed operation last year of Shawnee County’s former Community Health Center.

— Hear an update on judicial tax foreclosure proceedings.

— Consider authorizing the parks and recreation department to enter into contract negotiations with Civic Plus’ CivicRec to provide the county a recreation management software system.

— Consider authorizing the parks and recreation department to enter into contract negotiations with Emery Sapp and Son/Bartlett and West Team to provide the county design/build services to make improvements at the Lake Shawnee Junior pond.

— Consider advertising and filling a payroll assistant’s position at an annual total in salary and benefits of $50,665.50.

— Consider approving projects that include $70,831.75 in renovations at Hillcrest Family Aquatics Center, with the money coming from the parks and recreation capital maintenance fund, and $52,000 to replace a fence along S.W. Western Street, with the money coming from the capital maintenance fund and possibly including funding from the parks and recreation foundation.

Topeka’s governing body, consisting of the nine city council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, plans to take up any suggested revisions and then consider approving to the $292.9 million 2018 city budget. That document contains spending limits aimed at keeping in place this year’s property tax levy of 39.927 mills.

It was unclear Friday whether governing body members would go into executive session at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss their continuing efforts to choose and hire a new city manager.

The governing body also plans to:

n Consider approving a three-year labor contract running from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020, between the city government and its more than 200 employees represented in collective bargaining by Local 6406 of AFT Kansas. The contract would include cost-of-living pay increases of 1/2 percent in 2018, 1 percent in 2019 and 1 percent in 2020, with employees also receiving step increases if they’ve met expectations on their most recent annual performance appraisal.

n Consider authorizing $18.115 million in combined utility revenue bonds to finance improvements previously authorized by the governing body.

n Consider approving the city’s proposed 2018 Consolidated Action Plan regarding the investment of about $5.9 million in public money designated for neighborhood improvements.

n Consider vacating a segment of public alley right-of-way to allow for an expansion and improvements to the parking lot of Topeka Bible Church, 1101 S.W. Mulvane.

n Consider appointing Francis Kent and reappointing Marilyn Lind and Marijo Mastroianni to the Topeka Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Council.

n Consider reappointing Jim Ogle and Andy Vogel to the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority.

n Consider appointing Bill Persinger to the Shawnee County Community Corrections Advisory Board.

n Hear a quarterly financial report and a quarterly public works and utilities report.

Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

 

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