February 11, 2016

Fire district, city officials debate merits of merger

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com It will take three or four years before the mill levy rates of the Johnson County Fire District No. 1 and the city of Gardner reach parity, city finance director Laura Gourley told members of the Gardner City Council on March 16. Fire district officials are asking Gardner to fully consolidate with Continue Reading

Expect 11 percent increase in sewer rates

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner residents can expect to pay approximately $60 more per year in sewer rates next year. Laura Gourley, city finance director, told council members scheduled rate increases as well as increases related to the school bond issue and increases related to a joint sewer project with the city of Edgerton will result Continue Reading

City preps for sewer expansion

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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,” Continue Reading

City staff await new council before investigating school proposal

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The city finance department will find a way to finance a new road and upgrades to the sewer system if a new city council requests they do so, Laura Gourley, Gardner City Finance Director, said. “If a council so chooses to assist the school, we will find a way to do it,” Continue Reading