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8/27/2013 - Commission approves small tax increase
Salina Newsletter
8/27/13

Commission approves small tax increase

Salina city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept Saline County's latest health department offer.

Under the county's proposal, the city will pay $500,000 and give $250,000 from the city's portion of health department funds to pay for roof repairs to the Salina-Saline County Health Department building. In return, the county released the city from any liability on the building.

"I'm disappointed in how this has turned out," said City Commissioner Jon Blanchard. "I think the community should be disappointed."

City and county commissioners have been debating for more than a year over how to move forward with the

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/healthcountycity#sthash.Tm8sqhY8.dpuf

Salina city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept Saline County's latest health department offer.

Under the county's proposal, the city will pay $500,000 and give $250,000 from the city's portion of health department funds to pay for roof repairs to the Salina-Saline County Health Department building. In return, the county released the city from any liability on the building.

"I'm disappointed in how this has turned out," said City Commissioner Jon Blanchard. "I think the community should be disappointed."

City and county commissioners have been debating for more than a year over how to move forward with the

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/healthcountycity#sthash.Tm8sqhY8.dpuf

Salina city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept Saline County's latest health department offer.

Under the county's proposal, the city will pay $500,000 and give $250,000 from the city's portion of health department funds to pay for roof repairs to the Salina-Saline County Health Department building. In return, the county released the city from any liability on the building.

"I'm disappointed in how this has turned out," said City Commissioner Jon Blanchard. "I think the community should be disappointed."

City and county commissioners have been debating for more than a year over how to move forward with the health department after the building was closed because of concern the roof structure could fail.

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/healthcountycity#sthash.Tm8sqhY8.dpuf

Salina city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept Saline County's latest health department offer.

Under the county's proposal, the city will pay $500,000 and give $250,000 from the city's portion of health department funds to pay for roof repairs to the Salina-Saline County Health Department building. In return, the county released the city from any liability on the building.

"I'm disappointed in how this has turned out," said City Commissioner Jon Blanchard. "I think the community should be disappointed."

City and county commissioners have been debating for more than a year over how to move forward with the health department after the building was closed because of concern the roof structure could fail.

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/healthcountycity#sthash.Tm8sqhY8.dpuf

The Salina City Commission on Monday approved a .75 mill increase to the city property tax, which will generate approximately $841,000 to cover losses attributable to the weak economy and the loss of nearly a half-million dollars to the state's business machinery and equipment tax exemption.

About $440,000 will go toward street repair projects, and $400,000 toward the general fund, which has seen recent drops in its fund balances. Low fund balances can cause the city to pay higher interest rates when it issues bonds for projects, which was another factor mentioned by commissioners in justifying the tax increase.

The increase will cause the tax on a $100,000 house to go up by $8.63 a year.

It was the city's first mill-levy increase since 2007.