Florence council combats rumors about mill-levy increase

The Florence City Council addressed rumors about a large pending increase in the mill levy at its July 16 meeting.

Councilor Randy Mills assured people the mill levy had not been set yet and would be announced at an upcoming meeting.

While new funds will be added to the budget, the actual numbers had not been set. A budget meeting was planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The council was given a letter commending them for choosing to be one of the first cities in Kansas to make their Web site accessible to everyone.

Councilors learned the city Web site was nearly done being made compliant with the American With Disabilities Act. They thanked Jackie Sigwing for her work on the site.

In other matters, the council:


  • approved purchase of a mosquito fogger for $2,850 and five gallons of spray for $182.50. The spray is expected to last more than two years.

  • learned that crossing arms were being installed on the Main Street railroad crossing.

  • heard that security lights would be installed at Grandview Park at a cost of $550 to help deter vandalism of the bathrooms.

  • accepted a sealed bid to sell the old ambulance after verifying that bidding had been reopened at a special meeting.

  • heard that the PRIDE committee had received some landscaping concept drawings for Veterans? Park.

  • heard that one of the city water filtration units needed some work before testing could be done.

  • will look into ownership of a disputed city street. The owner of the adjoining property will be asked to provide survey documentation that he owns the land where he stores a vehicle.

  • heard that the new court management software was being installed Wednesday.

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