Sep 23, 2021 6:45 PM

City Council will hold another budget hearing Tuesday

Posted Sep 23, 2021 6:45 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A paperwork error is the reason the Hutchinson City Council is having a special meeting on Tuesday.

According to a memo in the Tuesday agenda from Director of Finance, Angela Richard, she noticed shortly after the city's budget hearing September 7 that the Recreation Commission's mill levy was not part of the state provided publication form she used.

The State Office of Accounts and Reports told Richard that the rec commission levy did not need to be on the publication for the revenue neutral rate hearing, but staff believes the best action is to republish the form with the Hutchinson Recreation Commission levy included and hold a new budget hearing. The corrected form was published September 17, so the additional meeting is to adopt the corrected form and have another public hearing.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday is the lease of a fire truck to replace Aerial Truck #4. The intent was to perform that transaction next year, but Fire Chief Steven Beer learned from the supplier that there is a 15-month lead time to receive such a truck. The department is getting a lease prepay discount that will actually save them money. Commerce Bank has offered the lowest interest rate at 1.715% with payments of $164,257.13 per year. The payments will begin in 2022.

The special meeting of the Hutchinson City Council will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. at City Hall.