February 14, 2016

District reorganizes in response to budgetary concerns

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Ten teachers retired and 12 teachers will be reassigned to new duties next school year, according to USD 231 communications director Leann Northway. In the final weeks of the school year, which ended on May 21, teachers learned that some would be reassigned. “Some of the reassignments were due to budgetary concerns,” Continue Reading

District calls budget ‘bare bones,’ 1 mill increase proposed

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School Board voted Aug. 1 to publish what Business Director Eric Hansen calls a “bare bones” budget. The school board will host a public hearing on the budget on Aug. 15 before voting on whether to adopt it. The budget must be filed with the county clerk and state Continue Reading

Gardner council hears citizens’ budget concerns

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Although she didn’t attend the meeting, Theresa Hall, Gardner quickly learned about a June 20 council meeting that dissolved into an argument. “Good news travels fast in Gardner,” she told council members during an open comment segment of the July 5 council meeting. “But Gardner is still a small town and bad Continue Reading

Gardner council conducts public hearing on 2011 budget

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com No one in the audience at the Aug. 2 Gardner City Council meeting spoke out either for or against the city’s proposed 2011 budget during a public hearing. The hearing, which is mandated by state law, began and ended with silence after City Administrator Stewart Fairburn briefly explained the highlights of Continue Reading

City department directors outline 2011 budgets for Gardner council

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council heard presentations from three different city department managers at its budget work session June 28. Finance Director Laura Gourley, Assistant City Administrator and Community Development Director Melissa Mundt, and Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stewart all briefed the governing body on their projected revenues and expenditures for Continue Reading

Utility board, council discuss electric budget

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Gardner Energy is poised for a budget surplus for fiscal year 2010, and 2011 looks financially promising as well, members of the Electric Utility Board said June 14. The EUB participated in a joint meeting with the Gardner City Council and the Planning Commission the evening of June 14 at City Continue Reading

Mayor hosts town hall meeting on budget

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta hosted a second town hall meeting on the city’s 2011 budget Saturday morning at City Hall. Drovetta took questions from local residents and discussed the role of the intermodal facility in residential and commercial growth. He also addressed the reduction in force implemented by the city early Continue Reading

Mayor hosts town hall meeting to discuss city budget

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta hosted a second town hall meeting on the city’s budget Saturday morning at City Hall. Drovetta took questions from local residents and discussed the role of the intermodal facility in residential and commercial growth. He also addressed the reduction in force implemented by the city early last Continue Reading

Kansas Chamber of Commerce rebukes tax controversy

Fourteen chambers of commerce across the state issued a letter to the governor and state leadership last week urging the Legislature to consider tax increases to balance the budget next year. The letter drew a sharp rebuke from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.