City Receives Back Fuel Tax Revenues

TOPEKA, Kan. - Monday the City of Topeka received $1.6 million in back motor fuel tax revenues from the State of Kansas via the Shawnee County Commission.

The money has been earmarked for the following items:

• Equipment, including the purchase of two new asphalt patch trucks, a line paint truck, an air compressor, four crack-seal machines, new GPS units for new and existing trucks, a lay-down machine, and an asphalt roller with a trailer.
• Acquisition of Norris Street right-of-way from the Union Pacific Railroad.
• Mill and overlay projects on SE 29th Street from Kansas Avenue to Adams Street; SW 37th Street between SW Garfield Street and Kansas Avenue; and SW Garfield Street between 8th and 10th streets.

“The receipt of this money comes at a very opportune time,” said Public Works Director Mike Teply. “The funds will help equip us to better serve our citizens.” Teply noted that only about $209,000 is budgeted for equipment replacement in the City’s 2009 budget.

City Manager Norton Bonaparte commended the Shawnee County Commission for pursuing the collection of the back taxes from the State.

“We very much appreciate the County pursuing the collection of these funds,” Bonaparte said. “Their efforts were critical in the success of obtaining these funds due the County and City.”


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