Topeka And Chief Miller Set Termination Date, Allocate $2.4M From Bed Tax

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- City Council Members unanimously approved distributing over $2.4 million dollars in revenue from the hotel bed tax, but could not agree on 2015 budgeting for Topeka social services.

A number of Topeka area social services are in line for a slice of nearly $632,000 dollars for 2015. They'll just have to wait a little longer to find out who gets what.

The council rejected the Economic and Community Development Committees recommendations 5-4.

District 5 Council Member Michelle De La Isla said, "Now we will have to go to the council as the Budget Committee to figure out how we will allocate those funds. There was some disagreement with which services got what and we just could not agree."

Council members did agree, though, on how to divide $2.4 million dollars in hotel bed tax dollars. Sending nearly $1.5 million dollars to Visit Topeka Inc. The Riverfront Authority, Sunflower Coccer, Topeka Zoo, Historic Preservation Fund and Great Overland Station get the rest.

Also Tuesday night, with Police Chief Ron Miller awaiting Senate confirmation as US Marshal for Kansas, the council approved August 29th as the day to end his employment with the city.

"It allows the city to move on and not be put in limbo. Now they can find someone to fill my position and now the city and police department can move forward," said Miller.

The council also approved reimbursing Miller for health insurance through the end of the year, or when he becomes eligible for another plan, whichever comes earlier.