February 8, 2016

City preps for sewer expansion

Danedri Thompson
City officials haven’t really started examining how they’ll fund sewer and water upgrades and new roads related to the recently passed USD 231 bond issue, but it will likely include sewer rate increases and a mill levy increase, Laura Gourley, city finance director, said.
“Between now and then a lot could happen,” Gourley said. “We’re still a year away, but the assumption has always been there will be an increase, and that’s what we told council and the citizens before the bond election.”
Back in October, Gourley told city council members it would likely cost 2 mills.
“We would all assume it’s still along those lines,” she said.
However, she cautioned the increases related to the upcoming school project likely won’t hit tax bills and sewer rates until 2014. In the meantime, Gourley said, city officials are just starting to schedule very preliminary meetings for the 2013 budget.
“We’re just kind of starting the grinding stuff here,” Gourley explained. “We’re preparing the background information so we’re just getting started.”


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Gourley rubs it in the noses of the Council exactly what they voted for and reminds all there will be a price to pay and the debt will be increased but not telling you what the high price will be……exactly how your city government and other governments work – the jokers don’t know what they are voting for nor how much the citizens will have to pay………….I still do not have a reply from Gourley on my questions on this issue and City Hall has no concern that the Open Records Request is beyond the 3 day limit for answering………another example of how your City Government thumbs their noses at the law…………


    On the Council agenda for this coming Monday, you are asking for the Council to approve the citizens to take on additional debt of $6,230,000. Please advise what the total amount will be in interest costs for the full term of this debt, selling of bonds, etc. (need complete breakdown) for the citizens and how long these total costs will be on the backs of the people and what will be the total yearly costs will be to the citizens to maintain this debt. Also please advise with this additional debt, what will our total debt will now be.

    I note property values are down again this year. I would like for you to provide to me and the citizens a report on what Appraiser Welcome is showing for total values for the city of Gardner for 2012 vs. 2011 based on the information he has at this time. I would like that report broke down into all of the different classes such as farm, residential, commercial, vacant, etc. and the amount of taxes that will be created from each of these classes.

    I note you state the payments for the increase will come from utility rates and from an increase in future property taxes. Please advise in detail how this cost will be broken down between these two streams of revenue, what utility will be affected or whether all city utility costs will be affected, what percentage of increases are you anticipating for each and for each year the debt is in effect, etc. I need complete detail.

    Judith Rogers
    Gardner, Ks.

  2. ThePatriot says:

    Why should I ever vote Republican again?

    The Republican held both houses from 1994 through 2006. From 2001 through 2006, they held all three branches of government. During their reign of incompetence, they lied this Country into a war in Iraq costing us 4,408 precious military lives and costing $1.9 trillion dollars. The results were no weapons of mass destruction, no relevance to 9/11, and no democracy. On March 7th, 2010 parliamentary elections were held in Iraq where the current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki lost. Yet, he refused to give up power, stalled the formation of a legitimate government, and forced a comprise to remain in power. Now he is busy eliminating his political enemies. So we replaced Saddam Hussein with another Saddam Hussein — only this one with political and cultural ties to Iran. Way to go Republicans.

    The Republican enacted the largest tax cut in history in 2001. Nothing wrong with that, but they did not cut spending correspondingly. This is like a corporation paying a dividend to its stockholders then turning around and borrowing money to pay for it. The old canard that cutting taxes pay for themselves has proven to be false. So much for trickledown economics. Rather than trickle down, the wealth of this country has concentrated to the top 1%. “From 2002-2007, the income of the top 1% grew 10 times faster the income of the bottom 90%” (Wealth, Income, and Power by G. William Domhoff). When the rich get richer and spend millions lobbying congress and financing political races to rig the system in their favor — that is income redistribution.

    The Republicans ran this economy into the ditch from 2006 to 2008. As late as the summer of 2008, both President Bush and candidate John McCain were claiming the fundamentals of this economy were good. By the Fall, everyone in the world knew that was another lie and over 80,000 jobs were being lost per month. The bankers and wall street executives who are 99% Republican and 100% free marketers suddenly and temporarily became socialists begging to be bailed out by the tax payers. The government they did not want to regulate them was now their sugar daddy.

    The Republican party of today is dominated by right wing extremists who pursue policies to concentrate power in big business and take power away from private citizens. The Republican nomination process and debates are nothing more than circuses but only with clowns for acts. How can any sane person want these people back in power?

  3. They don’t answer your questions because they are not required to:

    5. Does KORA require that an agency answer my
    No, KORA only applies to records as they exist
    at the time you ask for them. If you are asking
    for information, analysis or an explanation about
    a policy, you might get them, but not under the
    rules of KORA. KORA does not require an agency
    to do research for you or provide written answers
    to your questions.

  4. ThePatriot says:

    My comments were not intended for this article. I reposted under “Kansas Caucus this weekend.” Sorry.

  5. Judith Rogers says:

    They don’t answer questions because they don’t WANT to and God forbid the Council would want full information on an important issue before voting on it (while they utilize their rubber stamps once again) or God forbid citizens would want the information before a vote is taken……………..God forbid I have to keep dealing with this type of government………………the Dictator and many within the Council and the administrative staff even thumb their noses at the Open Meetings Act also…………or some of them threaten another Council member with bodily harm and then proceed to carry thru on the threat and gets a tap on the wrist for doing so………..God forbid awhole bunch of stuff going on in our society today…………..

  6. Judith Rogers says:

    Myself, personally, I have never bought a thing, be it a car, house or whatever in my lifetime that I didn’t know what the total cost would be to me which would include interest on money I may have to borrow, any legal fees, etc. And I had to figure how I was going to afford the purchase and if I could not afford it, then it was not purchased. Those city hall employees know or should know what the city’s debt is and what it will be after taking on more debt and they should know where the money is going to come from to pay for the debt – I won’t give them a free pass or allow them to manipulate the law however they please but many will which creates even more serious problems.

  7. Judith Rogers says:

    Just checked Utube to see how many citizens have watched the Work Session of last night at City Hall which covered very important issues for the citizens. Those concerned Facebook citizens who are all giddy about their T-Shirts have not been too interested with respect to their city government since there has only been 4 views on Part 1 of the work session and only 2 views for Part 2 and 3. The Beasley Bunch are such fine examples of citizenship……………guess they will be tuned in later with their fast food and drinks from the Gardner Strip……….

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