Sabetha City Commission: Commission reviews Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen and City Clerk Steve Compo.

Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer was absent. The city’s attorney Martin Mishler also was present.

Mishler told commissioners that the county treasurer had some concerns over tax rebate issuance for the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

Because of when taxes are due ­— first half by Dec. 20 and second half by May 10 — there was some confusion as to when the taxes are considered “delinquent” and ineligible to receive the tax rebates as described by the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

Commissioners voted to have Mishler provide a written statement to the treasurer conveying that the governing body would allow the rebate per the program if the taxes are paid in full by May 10.

Commissioner Burenheide asked if property owners were taking advantage of the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. City Administrator Allen said “quite a few” people have taken advantage of the plan. Those present discussed the plan and its benefits.

About the Plan

Sabetha’s current Neighborhood Revitalization states that if an improvement to a property provides a minimum increase of $15,000 appraised value, a rebate is given on that improvement.

The residential property owner would receive 75 percent rebate for years one through five and the commercial and retail property owner would receive 100 percent rebate for years one through 10.

Improvements covered include:

• Commercial, retail, multi-family residential dwellings on property and improvements;

• Rehabilitation of and additions to existing buildings and construction of new buildings.

The application fee is $35, and the plan expires on Dec. 31, 2019.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the following:

• Meeting minutes from Dec. 11, 2017;

• Ordinance No. 1525, adopting changes to the Employee Personnel Manual. See Ordinance on Page 7A of this week’s Herald.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at City Hall. City Commission meetings are open to the public.

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Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.


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