Looking Ahead in Wayne
September 5, 2018
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. Name one thing you'd rather do on a Tuesday night than come see your City government at work!
The Wayne Green Team will be hosting an electronic recycling event on Saturday, September 15 from 8 am to 10:30 am in the City Hall parking lot. Five years in a row the City (by means of the Green Team) has been awarded a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to host this event. The event will take items such as old TVs, computers, cell phones, printers, cords and more. Suggested donations of $10 per carload or $50 per business load of reasonable size will be accepted. There are also nominal fees for individual items: CRTs (tube) computer monitors/$5, older TVs/$10 (no charge for flatscreens), and microwaves/$10. No large appliances or batteries will be accepted. The City greatly appreciates the work of the Wayne Green Team and its efforts to make our City more environmentally friendly.
At its Sept. 4th meeting the City Council passed the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year (or FY 2019). The tax levy (or rate) remained relatively the same as last year at 0.449048 (to be completely transparent, the levy actually decreased 0.000947, meaning this will save you almost 95 cents for every $100,000 of valuation). This levy translates that for every $100,000 of assessed value your property has, your tax liability would be $449 to the City next year in property taxes. This includes the general fund (police, admin, etc.) as well as debt service (i.e. streets) and the municipal airport (general and debt). ***Your tax bill as a resident of the City of Wayne will obviously be more than this as the other taxing entities, besides the City, include Wayne County, Wayne Community Schools, Northeast Community College, Natural Resource District (NRD), Educational Service Unit (ESU), Rural Fire District and the Wayne County Ag Society (County Fair).*** You will soon be able to access the City's approved budget for FY 19 on the City of Wayne's website. The new fiscal year starts on October 1.
Recreation and Performing Arts Community Task Force
The Council approved the appointments of Jill Brodersen, Terri Buck and Bryce Meyer to a working group with Wayne State College, Wayne Community Schools, and Wayne County. This group will explore the feasibility of adding new facilities to the community, including an indoor swimming pool, performing arts center, and additional gymnasium space. This working group will include representatives from the City, School and College (three each) and from the County (one). The group will look at the need and impact of these new facilities and then, if those results are positive, they will continue to study potential locations, costs, ownership and maintenance. They hope to have their study completed by March 2019.
Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or