The City of El Dorado City Commission approved the 2019 operating budget Monday night.
Sitting at 53 mils, the ceiling for expenditures is set at $39.1 million. The General Fund is set at $10.8 million.
One mil equals $89,525 in 2019. No raises in rates for water or sewer are being proposed. A contract to supply Holly Frontier with water will increase about $130,000.
A one cent sales tax for property tax relief will be placed on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot after the city commission approved a resolution and ordinance Monday night.
The funds from the tax will provide $1,65 million in property tax relief, $600,000 for streets, $100,000 for economic development, and the rest considered excess sales tax revenue that will be use for various projects around the city. The tax will have a five-year sunset.
Due to new elementary schools opening for the 2018-19 school year, the city has established new school zones and eliminated old school zones. A long-time one way on Fifth Avenue south of the old Lincoln Elementary School between Atchison and Taylor Streets will be open to two way traffic.
New school zone will include: (during times when school is in session, 7 to 8:15 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.) West Third Avenue from North Alleghany Street to East Orchard Street; West Fifth Avenue from Taylor to Atchison; Sixth Avenue to Hunton Road to School Road; Main Street from 900 feet south of Wildcat Way to 900 feet of Wildcat Way and Main Street from 500 feet south of McCollum Road to 500 feet north of McCollum Road.
The city presented a letter in support of the Butler County Board of Commissioners pursuing revocation of the Conditional use Permit for Integrated Plastic Solutions at 420 N. Industrial Road in El Dorado.
The letter states: “The City receives numerous complaints of trash and materials blowing onto adjacent properties. The City has taken pictures of the property to document the continued deterioration, noncompliance with the conditions, debris blowing onto neighboring properties, and increasing encroachment onto city property.”
The letter went through the conditions listed on the CUP and detailed how IPS has violated them.
Violations include the unauthorized storage of plastic outdoors, no outside storage of electronic waste, lack of compliance with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, no adequate off street parking, no parking or unloading in the street, Material Safety Data Sheets non compliance with the El Dorado Fire Department and failure to work with city and Rural Water District No. 2 to install 2,000 gallon per minute fire hydrant.
The City of El Dorado also declared in the letter that: In closing El Dorado has the potential to grow our industrial base significantly in the general area of IPS ... Allowing a property such as IPS to continue as is would be a detriment to our future in attracting new prospects to El Dorado and Butler County.”
A hearing on the revocation of the CUP for IPS is scheduled for Tuesday’s Butler County Board of Commissioners’ meeting at the Butler County Courthouse.
In order to offer paper bills enclosed in envelopes instead of post cards for City of El Dorado water, sewer, trash and recycling bills, those in danger of having services turned off will now receive an automated phone call as a reminder instead of a pink post card.
The implementation of the new billing system will begin in 60 to 90 days.
In other business the city commission:
-heard updates on the newly published Uniform Public Offense Code and Standard Traffic Ordinance.
-approved the City of El Dorado Public Works Department to receive grant money from the United States Department of Energy to purchase compressed natural gas vehicles.