By Nancy D. Borst
HAYSVILLE – The city of Haysville would like to hear what’s on the mind of residents. To that end, the city was set to launch a new community survey on July 27.
The survey was announced at Monday’s city council meeting by economic development director Chad Barnes. Staff has been reworking the 2018 survey and has come up with 31 questions for the new survey.
“Hopefully this can help us make good decisions going forward,” Barnes said.
A link to the survey is posted on the city’s website and also shared through the city’s social media. For those who prefer a less technological approach, paper copies of the survey are available at the Haysville Public Library and the Haysville Senior Center.
The plan is to run the survey for a month, with the hope of receiving a representative number of responses. Barnes said the city has received 300 to 600 completed surveys in the past. The more, the better, he said.
“The more people that respond give us a better reflection of the citizenry and what’s on their minds,” he said.
The city also approved publication of its 2022 budget that slightly exceeds the revenue neutral rate and set the budget hearing for 7 p.m. Aug. 23. The budget reduces the mill levy from 2021 but exceeds the revenue neutral rate by .444 mill. The revenue neutral rate is the number of mills that levies the same amount of revenue in 2022 as was levied in 2021.
“We’re dropping the levy by more than two mills. Hopefully this helps some of our homeowners out there,” said Mayor Bruce Armstrong.
Monday’s agenda was light and the meeting lasted only 16 minutes. In other action, the council:
• Approved an agreement with Aging Projects, Inc. for senior center meals. The city added additional cleaning measures to the new agreement.
• Approved the appointment of Jeff Blood to the Planning Commission for a two-year term.
• Approved payment of the bills for the second half of July.
• Heard that algae on the Dorner Park pond has been treated.