Looking Ahead in Wayne

September 8, 2021

City Council Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in City Hall at 3rd and Pearl Streets. Name one thing you'd rather do on a Tuesday night than come see your City Government at work!

Budget

At its Sept. 7th meeting, the City Council passed the budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year (or FY 2022). The tax levy (or rate) remained virtually the same as last year at 0.4490. 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 22 on the City of Wayne's website. The new fiscal year starts on October 1.

Request for Proposals (RFP) for 4th Street Housing Project

There is roughly 8 acres of property the City owns at 4th and Dearborn Streets. The area is referred to as the "upper rugby fields/soccer fields" as well as the old tree farm/community gardens/brush pile. The area has served the community well over the years. With additional green space going to be made available to the public in the future in the old lagoon, the City Council has replatted and rezoned this area. The next step is to determine if there is any interest for a private developer to own and develop housing units on this property. Council directed staff to draft an RFP for housing development and solicit proposals for this property. Once this RFP is drafted and published, the City will likely give developers up to 60 days to submit proposals.

Housing Study

The City has hired the consultants Hanna:Keelan to conduct a new housing study. This updated housing study will potentially allow the City to apply for additional grants for projects, as well as allow the City to provide tax increment financing for housing projects that fit certain criteria. And we need your help!!! Please go to the CIty's website at www.cityofwayne.org/housingsurveys2021 to fill out a survey to get accurate data for the housing study. The survey is open until Friday, September 24.

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or by email.