Hillsboro council OKs guest-tax ordinance

The Hillsboro City Council approved an ordinance at its July 5 meeting that will raise the tax for motel guests from 3 percent to 5 percent.

The ?transient guest tax? raised about $8,600 a year at the old rate and is projected to raise about $12,000 with the increase, according to City Administrator Larry Paine.

Revenue from the tax underwrites the work of the Conven?tion and Visitors Bureau, which promotes local tourism.

Mayor Delores Dalke complimented the CVB on its recent event, a family movie night July 3 in Memorial Park that included sparklers for the child?ren.

?It was a very nice event and attracted a lot of young families,? Dalke said. ?I?m very proud of them for what they?ve done.?

Public hearing

Paine reminded the council of a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Tues?day, July 19, regarding the submission of an application for a community block grant of $400,000 through the Kansas Department of Commerce. The grant would be used to help fund street improvements on the west side of town.

Streets targeted for improvements at an estimated total cost of $2.05 million are:

? First Street, from Ash to Adams streets;

? Birch Street, from D Street to Grand Avenue and Grand to the dead end;

? Cedar Street from D to First streets;

? Date Street, from D to Grand.

Other project proposals introduced at the public hearing will be considered, according to the meeting notice.

Oral and written comments will be recorded and become part of the city?s CDBG citizen participation plan.

To be able to apply for the block grant program, the city had to survey households along the targeted areas to ensure that at least 51 percent were classified as middle to low income.

Other business

In other business, the council:

? heard from a resident who registered a complaint about the use of fireworks over the July 4 weekend. He asked that the city restrict the use of fireworks to July 3 and 4.

? met in two executive sessions. One was for the purpose of discussing property acquisition, and the other was for personnel. No action was taken in public session.

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