Looking Ahead in Wayne
February 21, 2018
City Council Meetings
Regular City Council meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in city hall at 306 Pearl Streets. We would love to see you there!
Update on CDBG CD Phase II Year 1 Grant
The City will be hearing from engineers in March who want to be part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Comprehensive Development (CD) Phase II Year 1 project in Wayne. This is the "ADA Curb Ramps" project that the City was awarded $350,000 last fall. After an engineer is selected by the City with help from the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, pedestrian crossings will be chosen to improve and design work will begin. The grant funds are eligible to fund improvements in the Northwest, Southwest, and Southeast quadrants of town. For this grant, however, the City will concentrate efforts in and around Bressler Park while trying to connect to destinations including Wayne Public Schools (both Sr/Jr High and Elementary), Wayne State College and high-density residential. An update on project schedule (start and end) will be given once an engineer is selected. If you have suggestions for these pedestrian enhancements, please contact Joel Hansen, Street and Planning Director, or me.
The City Council was presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Audit at its last meeting. Once again the auditor found the City to be on very solid ground financially. The City's general fund has a diverse revenue stream coming from state funds (highway allocations, etc.), sales tax, property tax, and payments in lieu of taxes (occupation fees). The auditor noted this was a strength for the City. The utility funds are also in good shape with nice cash balances. However, the auditor did not that as cash reserves are used for projects, they need to be replenished. The auditor suggested that the City consider utility rate increases (both electric and water/wastewater). The Council will likely have ongoing discussions over the next few months about this recommendation and then determine what it will do.
Where do your property taxes go?
Do you ever wonder where your property taxes go each time you pay them (whether you pay them at the courthouse or through your escrow)? If your property lies inside the City of Wayne's corporate limits, the following is a breakdown of your 2017 property taxes. For every dollar ($1.00) you pay in property taxes,
just over $0.24 goes to the City (this includes City government and the Wayne Airport)
, just under $0.56 goes to the Wayne Public Schools (general and debt), and just under $0.13 goes to the County. The remaining approximate $0.07 goes to a combination of Northeast Community College, Natural Resources District, Educational Service Unit #1 and the Wayne Agricultural Society (Wayne County Fair). Please note that if your property lies outside of Wayne city limits, these figures and entities will change.
Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or