To the editor:
Just a few thoughts on 25-percent sewage treatment and 2-percent drinking water tax increase. Let us look at the state, county and city money management:
a) House Bill 2177 eliminates completely income taxes for 191,000 LLC, Sole Proprietorships and Subchapter S small businesses. Expected reduced revenues of $231 million this year; $801m next; $934m after six years. Public works among others will be cut. (Times Sept. 5/Aug. 17).
b) Water or roads? $233,000/2012; $275,000/2013; at $500,000/mile chip-sealed road. State expenditure of $182,070 for a four-mile section of pavement marking. (Times Sept. 10.)
c) State raiding KDoT account of $7m for captial improvements! Eight-year-$90m projects morphs into a 11-year-$332m project. Dome chandelier alone costing $296,000. (Times Sept. 7) State received $366m from Fed Transportation Bill and $2m will be funneled through KDoT to Dept. Wildlife Parks and Tourism for trails, 2,100 miles.
d) $4.1m sewage UV treatment project solely city cost? When was the permit upgrade known? Budget planning? State permit-implementation negotiations?
e) Water purification expenditures: $265,000 base expenditure for land does not include engineering for sludge/lime pit construction to permit specifications e.g. recurrent soil testing, leach prevention lining, I presume. Seems illogical to invest in old technology requiring lime sludge disposal. The same problem will be there when they fill up. State may mandate, as in sewage, state-of-the-art treatment e.g. UV, Ozone, Reverse Osomosis. Invest in future not past.
f) Micro-money management:
1) What happens to money from land bought by hotel project?
2) Why persist with $50,000 Leavenworth Main Street Program when state support has been terminated?(Times Aug. 15/Sept. 21.)
3) Airfield $200,000 contract losses; $19,900 overpayment to a contractor.
4)Animal Control Project-currently $370,000 overbudget, building $2.39m to stay in flood plane? Since cremations are contracted out, was contracting out kennel care for overflow animals looked at?
5)Looking at revenues from land parcel sales, sweet-heart deals? Seems like minimum costs could have been placed to provide more revenue, market prices? or recoupment of city costs of upkeep e.g. mowing grass etc. for say 3yrs.