CLEARWATER: Budget approved for 2018 with little fanfare

By Paul Rhodes

After several weeks of reviewing departmental requests for next year’s budget, the city of Clearwater’s budget for 2018 was approved last Tuesday night with little fanfare.

Members of the Clearwater City Council held a public hearing on the 2018 budget at their meeting last week. No one from the public came to speak out on the budget.

City officials said they were pleased to be able to hold the budget steady for next year. The local mill levy will remain at 56.061 mills, which means there won’t be any tax change from the city’s portion of the local tax levy.

Following the public hearing, the budget was approved unanimously by members of the city council. The budget approved by the council authorizes $4.9 million in expenditures.

In other business at last week’s meeting, the council:

• Approved an amendment to the city’s 2017 budges. Some of the funding categories in the current budget needed to be changed, but those changes won’t cause any increases to the total budget for the year.

• Approved permanent financing for two housing projects in the community – Indian Lakes and Park Glen Estates. The permanent bond financing replaces temporary notes on the projects. The bonds will be paid off with special assessments on properties within the housing developments.

• Approved moving ahead with a local competition to paint fire hydrants. The competition will start with fire hydrants on Ross and Fourth streets, so they can be completed in time for the Fall Festival. Anyone can enter and adopt a fire hydrant to paint, and must have it completed by Sept. 10 to be considered for a prize. Contact City Hall for more information.

• Agreed to send a letter to the Sedgwick County Commission asking that funding for the local senior center be put back into the county’s budget.

• Approved two ordinances, one adopting the Standard Traffic Ordinance, and the other adopting the Uniform Public Offense Code.