|1/9/2020 3:29:00 PM|
Wyoming Council briefs...
Wyoming City Council attended to a few pending items of business at the end 2019.
The council supports park advisory committee recommendations to upgrade Swenson Park, and hopefully Wyoming will be using a state grant that council okayed applying for.
Swenson Park is slated for accessibility enhancements, which Mayor Lisa Iverson noted at the December council meeting should be a priority for all city facilities.
Indeed, in later discussion the council agreed to have Wold Architects take a look at city hall. Improvements for public access, as well as employee security, HVAC updates and other needs are potential projects. Council had received proposals from four firms, after sending out RFPs recently and selected Wold.
Meanwhile, projects outlined for Swenson Park total $363,000, including the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance improvements, a warming house upgrade, adding a playground structure, pickleball use resufacing, and a hard path. There are 15 -year-old lights at the park that if upgraded to LED would cut the city’s monthly bills tenfold (at $1,700 currently.)
The state grant money would fund 50 percent. The scope of the plan can be adjusted if the city doesn’t get the grant, council was told.
City Administrator Robb Linwood reminded council that in 2017 many city lights were switched out to LED as part of Wyoming’s enrollment as a Green Step City. He explained that “costs have come down considerably” for lighting retro-fitting and highly recommended the park lights be done. Linwood guessed the lights will pay for themselves (cost of installation) within five years.
In adopting the 2020 levy and budget-- Wyoming council voted 4-1 with Linda Nanko-Yeager opposed, for an increase at 3.8 percent. The preliminary target set in September was whittled away from six percent.
The budget is benefiting from 20 homesites added onto the tax rolls in 2019, which increases the valuation for the city, but will help spread the revenues to be collected over more parcels. The assessor calculated market value in Wyoming to be up nine percent from last year so it is not likely your parcel stays at the same valuation...but if it did you would see a decrease in the city portion of property tax in 2020.
The rate, however, is dropping due to the increase in valuation. Wyoming’s rate for 2020 dips to 43.5 percent from 45.7 in 2019. The city tax for a residence with a taxable value of $71,800 will be $313. The city share for a residence of $289,800 will be $1,262.
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