Andover could be expanding its Neighborhood Revitalization Plan to the entire city, based partly on what the City Council will hear from citizens at its next meeting.
The public is invited to give their input at the meeting, which is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Andover City Hall, 1609 E. Central (in Central Park).
Currently, the NRP covers just four small areas of Andover.
The City Council is interested in a revised NRP compared to a New Home program, like the City of Wichita just instituted, for a number of reasons. These would be the advantages, according to the city’s press release:
• Expanding the current NRP allows existing homeowners to benefit when making major renovations and remodels to their homes (that increase the value of the home’s appraisal).
• Expanding the NRP allows for commercial properties to be included. Long term, this benefits all residents of Andover. Commercial properties pay more than double the rate of property tax as residential property owners. Therefore once the commercial properties are put on the tax rolls after five years, more of the tax burden will be transferred from homeowners to businesses.
• Expanding the NRP allows all local taxing entities to be included (Butler County, USD 385 and Butler Community College), not just the City. This provides a greater rebate than other communities’ plans which only include City tax rebates. This should therefore make Andover more competitive in bringing new residents and businesses to the city.
“Each of the local taxing jurisdictions must vote to amend our current NRP inter-local Agreements,” the press release reads. “Although it is possible an entity will not approve the plan, the City has been in discussion with each and has no reason to believe this will occur. If one entity opts out, the others can still be part of the program. At a minimum the City mill levy will be rebated.”
If you have questions or concerns about the program under consideration, you are welcome to express them at Tuesday’s meeting. A public hearing will occur that evening.
Public hearings are also planned for April 10 and 24, during the regularly scheduled Council meetings.
If you are not able to attend one of these public meetings but have questions about the revised NRP, you may contact Andover City Administrator Sasha Stiles at firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 733-1303. You can also find email addresses for each of the City Council members at www.andoverks.com by clicking on “Government” on the right side of the screen.
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