rate hike to help fund Dearborn's new line
With a connection to Kansas City water coming closer
to being a reality, Dearborn city officials are taking
steps to help cover the cost.
At a meeting of the Dearborn Board of Aldermen Thursday
night, the city passed a water rate increase of 50 cents
per thousand gallons used.
In addition, the city took action to move revenue from
a 1% city sales tax that was passed by voters in 1984.
Several months after the general fund tax was passed,
money generated from it was assigned to the street fund,
where it has since been earmarked.
Mayor Marvin Landes said the street fund is in good shape
and proposed moving the sales tax revenue back to the
general fund, its original intent. That way, usage of
the money will be more flexible and the city would be
free to use the sales tax revenue on water line expenditures.
The board approved the action unanimously.
Landes estimated this week the annual revenue from the
tax is about $30,000.
Cost of the main trunk of the water line being run by
Kansas City to Dearborn is $541,162. There is a pump station
north of Camden Point necessary to serve Dearborn, and
cost of that pump station will be $159,111.
Engineering fees for the project billed to Dearborn will
Kansas City will finance Dearborn's debt over a 20-year
period. Monthly payment for the city on the new debt incurred
will be $4,500, according to Landes.
In addition, the city will be buying an estimated 66,000
gallons of water per day from Kansas City. The monthly
payment on that estimated water usage is $3,230, which
is in addition to the $4,500 monthly payment.
A vaulta specially designed pit with a meter in
place to read usage where the Kansas City line meets the
main Dearborn linewill need to be built, with an
estimated cost of around $25,000.
Inside the pit will be an automatic shutoff system, which
will stop the water flow when the Dearborn water tower
Landes said Dearborn is asking Kansas City to also finance
the cost of the vault. City officials are still waiting
to hear back from Kansas City with an answer to that request.
Dearborn officials said the city hates to see the increase
in water rates but that it is a necessary thing.
"We went into this hoping there would be no raise
in water rates to our residents," said Alderman Lila
"I think keeping it down to that (50 cents per thousand
gallons used) is commendable," said Delba McAuley,
recently sworn in as a new alderman.
In other business, a discussion on next year's budget
was held. Scrivener said the budget will include "cutting
a lot of things, including payroll."
She added the city's financial situation will need to
be monitored very closely.
"It's going to take some restraint on spending,"
In another matter, the city is checking into potential
uses for the $300,000 in park sales tax money it is eligible
for from Platte County. The money comes from the county's
half cent sales tax for parks and must be used for parks
"My goal is to acquire 40-50 acres of land and put
in a new ball field," said McAuley, who serves as
park committee member for the aldermen.
She pointed out the Platte County funding can't be used
at the current Dean Park, because it actually sits across
the county line into Buchanan County.
In addition to a ball field, McAuley said she'd like
to see a soccer field and walking trails.
"This is what I'd like to see and what I'm hearing
from the community. Anyone with suggestions can call me,"
In other business:
The city's attorney is still studying the current
animal ordinance and will send it back to the board with
recommendations at a later.
The aldermen, in executive session, agreed to pay
the health insurance costs of $270 per month for new employee
Bill Brooks was sworn in as new alderman. He and
McAuley recently were appointed to replace the recently-resigned
Frank Downing, Jr. and Steve Counts.