Archive for Monday, August 9, 1993

PUBLIC TO GET SAY ON CITY BUDGET

August 9, 1993

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A budget that includes money for public transportation, a North Lawrence drainage station and summer jobs for youth will face the public's eye Tuesday night.

During its weekly meeting, the Lawrence City Commission will conduct a public hearing for next year's proposed $48.7 million budget.

"This is not the time for someone to come and say they want something new in the budget," Mayor John Nalbandian said. "This is the time for someone to say they want something taken out of the budget."

The meeting begins at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Commissioners cannot increase the proposed 28.657-mill levy for property taxes, nearly a half mill higher than last year. One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

The $100,000 set aside for public transportation is the most important new expenditure in the budget, Nalbandian said. The money would finance grants for new or current transit systems to expand services to all Lawrence residents.

"It's an experiment, so we're going to watch it very closely," he said.

A new pump station for North Lawrence also is important, Nalbandian said. The $940,000 project, financed in part by $550,000 of city money, will prevent water from backing up in storm sewer pipes and flowing back onto North Second, as it did last month.

"Unless we just have a streak of massive rains, this should do the job," he said.

Commissioner Bob Moody said flood-related problems, such as broken sewer pipes and potholes in roads, could strain next year's budget. Commissioners tentatively added $150,000 to the budget for repairing infrastructure needs, provided various fees -- for building permits, for example -- are increased.

Commissioners also plan to spend $250,000 next year for developing a storm water management plan, $250,000 for engineering the widening of North Second Street and possibly $700,000 for buying land for the proposed Eastern Parkway.

The budget will be considered for final adoption Aug. 17.

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