City increases capital improvement funding
Schuyler City Council members recently allocated an additional $78,000 for capital improvement projects relating to street repairs, paving projects and parks as a result of the passage of the new 2018-19 budget.
City Clerk Lora Johnson said members wanted to increase improvements this year which resulted in the funding increase from $680,000 last year to $758,000 this year.
Council members unanimously approved the lowering of the City’s property tax request from $0.3539 to $0.3538 -- an approximately 1-percent decrease.
Despite the drop, Johnson said this year’s total revenue from property tax is much higher than last fiscal year because of an overall increase in total assessed property valuation.
Last fiscal year, the city generated $646,602 from property taxes and this year’s dollar amount jumped to $670,640.
The 2018-19 budget totals $30,904,736.12 which includes about $10 million in cash reserves.
In other board news:
• Don Glodowski filled in the position of building inspector early last week. Since his appointment, Glodowski said he’s is in the process of familiarizing himself with daily operations and is preparing for upcoming projects.
Johnson said City officials are already working closely with Glodowski for upcoming building projects.
• Administrators at Schuyler Public Library are conducting a Community Needs survey. Director Jenny White said she plans to use the collected data as a guide for future programming.
• The parking lot at The Center, formerly known as the Colfax County Senior Center, will be closed off from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, for the ‘Trunk or Treat’ event sponsored by the Schuyler Area Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Jackie Farrell said she wants to provide area youth a safe space to Trick or Treat on Halloween.
Natasya Ong is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.