Archive for Tuesday, January 8, 1991

COUNTY TO DISCUSS TAX LEVY FOR ENVIRONMENT

January 8, 1991

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The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will revisit unfinished business, including a tax levy that would be used to protect certain areas in the county.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

On Dec. 5, the commission voted 2-1 to endorse a partnership with the Kansas Land Trust, a non-profit organization interested in protecting prairies, woodlands and wetlands in the county. If the tax levy is approved by commissioners, the county would contribute $40,000 a year for five years with the KLT contributing $20,000 in cash, land donations or services during the same period.

The money would be used to buy land identified by the KLT as needing preservation.

COUNTY Administrator Chris McKenzie has said the $40,000 county contribution would cost the owner of a $75,000 home an average of 79 cents a year in property taxes for five years.

The commission also will consider action on several items deferred from Monday's meeting, including the proposed 1991 landfill agreement with N.R. Hamm Quarry Inc. and the city of Lawrence, which would raise the tipping fee from $9 to $15.37 a ton, and a proposed contract with the state concerning funding for the proposed juvenile detention facility.

Here is Wednesday's agenda:

Consider approval of Jan. 7 minutes.

Consent agenda:

Consider approval of commission orders.

Regular agenda:

Consider approval of a resolution authorizing an ad valorem tax levy to fund the Douglas County Natural Areas program.

CONSIDER an agreement with Johnson County to replace a bridge along the Douglas-Johnson County line. The acquisition of right of way for the bridge also will be considered.

Discuss and consider approval of proposed 1991 landfill agreement with N.R. Hamm Quarry Inc. and the city of Lawrence.

Discuss and consider action on a proposed contract with the state concerning funding of the regional juvenile detention facility costs.

Discuss and consider approval of proposed 1991 salary for the county treasurer.

Consider approval of accounts payable, appointments and miscellaneous business.

IN OTHER business from Monday's meeting, the commission:

Deferred action on a state contract for funding of the juvenile detention facility. The commission is still seeking answers to questions about how much the state or other participating counties will pay for items such as juvenile counseling. The commissioners said they intend to avoid as many unanticipated costs for Douglas County as possible.

Approved letters to Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum and Rep. Jim Slattery that requested funding for the circumferential roadway system.

Approved holiday use restrictions for the Martin Marietta quarry conditional use permit.

Convened in executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

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