Category: County Wide News

Country adopts 2008 budget with no mill-levy increase

With only seven patrons attending the 2008 budget hearing on Monday, the Marion County Commission approved the new budget that included no mill-levy increase.

Scot Loyd, county auditor, said a $170,000 valuation rise had made it unnecessary to consider a mill levy increase beyond the 59 mills.

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‘Justus’ to play at Florence Labor Day street dance

Florence Labor Day Celebra?tion will feature a street dance Sept. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight on Main Street. Music will be provided by ?Justus,? a classic country and rock band that originated in 1990. After five years together, members took some time off then reunited in 2007. Members of the band are Allen Makovec and son Caleb of Goessel, […]

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Tampa fire department to receive $143,000 grant

Congressman Jerry Moran today announced Aug. 8 that Marion County Fire District No. 7 has been awarded two grants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tampa firefighters were given $11,605 to acquire new bunker gear and $131,100 to purchase a new 3,000-gallon tanker truck. ?Many rural fire departments rely on these grants to purchase the equipment they need to […]

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Commissioners say ‘no mill-levy increase’ to fund 2008 budget

The Marion County Commission voted 3-0 Monday that there would be no mill levy increase in the 2008 budget.

Tom Brown of Savant Services in McPherson urged the commission to continue to develop a strategic plan even to the point of deciding which county blacktop roads might be turned to gravel if oil prices continue to rise.

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Marion City Council aproves 2008 budget with modest mill levy increase

The Marion City Council approved its 2008 budget Monday with a three-tenths mill levy increase.

The council also approved a recommendation from Economic Director Jami Williams to switch Web providers from Infinitec to local company Florence Web Computers for a savings of more than $500 annually, a bid of $250 per year compared to more than $770 from Infinitec.

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Hillsboro to set hearing for liquor zoning

After a discussion with the city?s planning consultant and representatives from the Plan?ning and Zoning Commission at its Aug. 7 meeting, the Hillsboro City Council directed the commission to conduct a public hearing about zoning regulations regarding liquor by the drink.

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Florence council raises tax levy by 2.5 mills

Because of a reduction in the town?s valuation, the 2008 city budget will require a property-tax increase of almost 2.5 mills.

After a public hearing prior to its regular Aug. 6 meeting, the Florence City Council approved the new budget in regular session.

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Sunflower Road bids come in lower than anticipated

What once might have been a high bid left Marion County commissioners smiling in relief Tuesday, July 31, at a payday meeting, when the winning bid for surfacing 10 miles of Sunflower Road by Schilling Construction of Manhattan came in at $793,583 instead of an engineer?s estimate at $1.02 million.

In the past two years, when promised state aid for the project faltered at negotiations at a half-million dollars, the commissioners at times seemed to hope the total bill might fall close to that bracket of a project. But oil prices for the 2-inch overlay have spiraled upward since then.

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4-Hers promote ?America?s Pastimes? during Marion CountyFair parade
4-Hers promote ?America?s Pastimes? during Marion CountyFair parade

4-Hers promote ?America?s Pastimes? during Marion CountyFair parade

MCFGoesselGoalGettersP7252448.jpg Click image to enlarge ? Members of the Goessel Goal-Getters 4-H Club greet onlookers as they ride their float through the Marion County Fair parade on Wednesday. The theme for the 77th annual fair was ?America?s Pastimes: Baseball and the Fair.? Several of the 4-H floats picked up on the baseball theme.

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Mayors ask county to update aggreement for road funds

County cities want more for the contributions they make to the county?s road and bridge budget under an outdated 1973 agreement, mayors and representatives told the Marion County Commission Monday.

Commission Chairman Randy Dallke and Commissioner Dan Holub said they would start by looking at state designations for farm-to-city Fishing Access Site (FAS) routes into the cities.

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