Looking Ahead in Wayne

March 18, 2020

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 306 Pearl Streets. It is always a good time of which most citizens miss out!

COVID-19

All City facilities have closed to the public to help lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19. Please take the advice of the public health professionals very seriously. If you need to contact City employees, please contact them via telephone or email. We are limiting all face-to-face contact with the public. Stay safe!

Virtual Public Meetings

Mayor Giese announced at the latest Council meeting that public meetings with the City of Wayne will be held in a virtual format. Gov. Ricketts is allowing virtual meetings for public entities while the COVID-19 crisis is occurring.

Watch What You Flush

With our current main lift station being repaired, we are having issues with the bypass pumps being clogged with non-toilet paper products. Even though an item might claim to be "flushable," only toilet paper should be flushed. This will not only help the City as we repair our main lift station at the treatment plant, it will also keep your private sewer lines cleaner and less prone for backups. If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact the City.

City Budget Fact

Where does the City get its money to operate its General Fund? Most people would say property taxes, and they would be correct that the City uses property taxes to operate. But did you know that under 18% of the City of Wayne’s general fund revenues comes from property taxes? Property taxes are just the third largest contributor to City general fund revenue. For Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) the City’s largest general fund revenue stream (28%) was from franchise fees. Those revenues include fees imposed by the City from the Electric Fund, Water Fund, Wastewater Fund and others, including natural gas, cable television and telephone. Sales tax currently contributes the second highest amount to the general fund at about 24% of revenue. The remaining 30% comes from a variety of sources including the State of Nebraska (roads funding, City Transit reimbursements, etc.), activity center/pool memberships, occupation motel/hotel taxes, Senior Center meals, and many other smaller sources.

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