Corbin H. Crable
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The Edgerton City Council approved the city’s 2011 budget, which includes a 50-percent trash subsidization for residents, at its Aug. 26 meeting.
The city’s current mill rate will hold steady at 42.893, but due to the trash

subsidization, Edgerton residents will now pay $6.65 per month for trash services, instead of the current monthly charges of $13.30. According to City Administrator David Dillner, this is the monetary equivalent of an 8.153 mill rate decrease for a median-valued house (at $85,000) in Edgerton.

The city has the flexibility to offer the trash subsidization thanks to receiving $615,000 in funds generated from the annexation of Kansas City Power & Light’s peak facility. Due to the new availability of these funds, according to a memo from Dillner, the city’s assessed valuation is expected to jump from roughly $9 million this year to $24 million in 2011. The unchanged mill rate, meanwhile, will help fund a variety of projects in the coming year, including $20,000 for animal control services, $157,000 for street maintenance programs, $30,000 for new park equipment and $25,000 for a partnership with the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp.

Although Edgerton residents will see lower trash bills in 2011, next year’s budget also includes a 5-percent water rate increase, with the city’s water fund anticipated to generate more than $426,000 in revenues against more than $396,000 in expenditures. Sewer rates will remain steady.

As required by state law, a public hearing was held for citizens to comment on the city’s fiscal year 2011 budget. The only comment came from Edgerton resident Mary Pritchard, who urged council members to consider the funding and construction of a spray park for local children.

City budgets were due to the state of Kansas by Aug. 25. As of press time, Dillner had not responded to calls from The Gardner News inquiring why Edgerton’s budget was submitted late.

In other business, the council:

• received an award of excellence from Krudwig and Associates Inc. for its rehabilitation of the Edgerton Community Center from the Great Plains Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute.

• discussed water rates for the city of Wellsville.

•  discussed the installation of a fire hydrant near 33 Highway and 207th Street.

• Approved the appointment by Mayor Don Roberts of Edgerton resident Jim Osmund to the Planning Commission. Osmund’s term will end in September 2011.

The Edgerton City Council will next meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Edgerton Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St. The governing body also will participate in two separate joint meetings between the Edgerton and Gardner city councils next month. The first work session will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Gardner City Hall, 120 E. Main St., while the second will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Edgerton Community Center.