Council Reviewed Payment Options For River Street

With reconstruction of River Street in Eureka set to begin in 2020, Eureka City Councilmembers spent part of their meeting last Monday discussing several routes they can take to pay for the $2.6 million in bonds necessary for the project. The reconstruction was initially estimated to cost $4.1 million, with $1 million being paid by a KDOT grant. After preliminary studies were completed, the project estimate lowered to $3.6 million, with KDOT still picking up $1 million. With the general election coming up this November, councilmembers again discussed the idea of asking for a sales tax to help with the project. “Either everyone inside the city pays for it, or everyone who comes through town helps pay for it,” stated councilman Kevin Lawrence. “No matter what, the street is getting fixed in 2020,” he added. City administrator Ian Martell agreed and outlined the following payment options: 1. A sales tax of either one cent or half cent; 2. An increase in water rates; 3. A surcharge on water rates; 4. A mill levy increase; or 5. A combination of those options. Councilman Mark Kennedy suggested one other option, “Splitting the Sheriff’s contract in half.” The city currently budgets $236,000 annually for the sheriff’s office. He added, “If we cut it in half, they would not be completely out of our support. But, our funds have to come from some place, and we are not getting a quarter of a million dollars out of our investment.”

 

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