Council Picketed; Gets Down To Business

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

It was an extremely busy night for the Topeka City Council Tuesday, with high profile budget-related issues on the agenda.

Things started off with picketers outside the chambers. Members of the Kansas Association of Public Employees were upset the 2009 budget lacks step increases and price of living raised for city employees.

There is not much the city can do about the issue at this point -- the budget has already been determined. Still, the picketers wanted to make it known they felt unfairly singled out -- and were not happy about it.

Council discussed different tax increases for infrastructure improvements to put on upcoming ballots for citizens to vote on. Those matters were deferred until january 13, 2009.

The Topeka Performing Arts Center will receive $250,000 for the rest of this year and in 2009 -- that money coming from the grounded TPD helicopter program. The Topeka Cemetery will receive $19,000 from the general fund as well -- also due to the grounded copter program.

The meeting also saw Topeka Ice given a one-year extension to complete an ice rink at 8th and Madison.

The council did not exempt itself from state law stating it must give a reason to turn down a mayoral appointment.

Also approved, almost $400,000 for College Hill Development -- adding 50 parking spots to the project.


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