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.

Williams said Rick Burcky of the Florence company also will save the city money by doing updates, and by not charging for design.

The council approved a proposal from Clerk Angela Lange to contractwith Absolute Shred of Kansas, based in Hillsboro, to dispose of outdated files in storage with some effort made to retain possible historic documents.

Williams said only slightly more than half of persons of limited income needed on a survey to enable Marion to receive community block grants have reported in.

City Administrator David Mayfield reported that bids can be taken, and work begun on street improvements at Country Club Heights. Setting the amount on bond issuance can be done later.

Street Superintendent Marty Williams said APAC-Kansas has returned to the city to finish its projects.

He also said water plant upgrades, including ozone treatment, seem to be running successfully to give better water quality.

Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said normal tree trimming and maintenance have continued with more frequent breaks in the heat for crew members. He said voltage levels have maintained steadilyy.

Councilor Bill Holdeman asked for a discussion next Monday on limiting powers of the city administrator.

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