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Commissioners Address Downtown Lighting; Tax Exemption

Todd Pittenger - November 18, 2013 6:41 pm

City Commissioners approve a property tax exemption for a Salina business, and a change to the downtown lighting overhaul project.

Commissioners on Monday approved a tax exempt status for Veris Technologies Inc. The company builds and markets sensors and controls for precision agriculture. Essentially, it aids in GPS

Veris is expanding its existing business in the Salina Airport Industrial Area. he tax exemption will depend on actual capital expenditures and jobs added, which could be up to 16 over the next five years.

Commissioners on Monday also approved a change order on a downtown lighting project. The 346 decorative lanterns which were installed in 1987 are being replaced by new, energy efficient LED lamp posts.
The LED lights have a life-span of 23 years, and are much more energy efficient than the current lights.

The original project was to cost $3.1 million. Additional costs include $71,602 approved back in August. The additional cost of the change order Monday, which will fund replacement of the current electrical system is $1.03 million. It will be funded through long term bonds.

Fuchs Mi

November 19, 2013 at 1:52 am

Hmmm the old lights have lasted 26 years and probably last another 26 years. The cost to operate the new lights will not be as great of savings as projected. Further the cost to maintain them will cost more so any savings would be wiped out. This commission just keeps spending money like it grows on the trees surrounding the city county building. Time to vote these money spenders out of office and get some people in there that know the value of a dollar.

Fuchs Mi

November 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

Funny reading the journal commissioner Hardy says this money was needed to fix the wiring that hurt that little girl on his facebook. Only for it to disappear 2 hours later when our city manager Gage heard about it. Sorry but this just shows me that Gage needs to be removed from his position. How much more is being covered up by the city manager and commissioners?

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