Corbin H. Crable
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Edgerton City Council members prepared to approve the city’s fiscal year 2011 budget, which may include a 50-percent trash subsidization for its residents, at an Aug. 19 work session.

As of right now, Edgerton residents pay nearly $160 each year for trash disposal services; the subsidization of those services would halve those payments to an estimated $80 per year.

With more than $600,000 coming in from Kansas City Power and Light in the coming year, the city is poised to enjoy a sizeable budget surplus. Council members, at the Aug. 19 work session, briefly discussed the option of enacting a mill decrease. The city currently has one of the highest mill rates in the county, at 42.893. According to former Edgerton City Clerk Rita Moore, one mill is the equivalent of $24,500.

Council members debated the possibility of reducing the city’s mill rate by 15 percent, or $789,000.

“But we’d do that at the cost of cutting back funding to parks and recreation or street maintenance,” Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts noted.

Council member Ken Gillespie said he was not prepared to support a mill decrease.

“I think we need to take care of some great needs the city has before considering lowering the mill levy,” he said.

The city’s 2011 budget allocates $157,000 for street maintenance and upkeep, and $80,000 for parks and recreation.

Roberts said the option that would save citizens the most money varied from one resident to another.

“It depends on the citizen,” he said.

Edgerton’s budget has been calculated on the assumption that the city will see no residential or commercial growth in 2011.

The council likely will approve the 50-percent trash subsidization along with the budget at its Thursday, Aug. 26 meeting. The city will approve the budget a day after it is due to the state. City Administrator David Dillner did not respond to a call asking why the budget was being submitted past the deadline.