Olathe street maintenance may get big boost in 2015 budget

06/19/2014 1:52 PM

06/19/2014 1:52 PM

Maintaining the city’s infrastructure is a top priority in the upcoming 2015 Olathe city budget.

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, city manager Michael Wilkes told the governing body that while no new programs or significant changes are being proposed for the upcoming general budget, there is a notable increase to the street maintenance sales tax fund.

Next year, the city is preparing for the fund to be $8.6 million, which is a 72 percent increase from the amended 2014 amount of $5 million.

The budget also includes three new full-time positions — two maintenance workers and a project manager — to the street program.

Also in the proposed budget, the water and sewer fund would increase by 4.3 percent from 2014, with water rates rising 4.7 percent and sewer rates rising 7.9 percent, to fund capital maintenance projects.

The 2015 proposed general fund operating budget tentatively sits at $83.4 million, a 5 percent increase from the 2014 budget of $79.4 million.

The council expects to discuss the 2015 budget and 2015-2019 Capital Improvements Plan next month.

The city has posted more information at www.olatheks.org/Finance/Budget/BudPlan.


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