Daily Archives: Dec. 17, 2010

Elected Sedgwick County officials won’t take pay raise

Sedgwick County commissioners, the sheriff and the register of deeds pledged recently at a meeting that they would forego a raise next year, finding it more important that their staff get pay bumps.

Since then, the county’s other elected officials say they too won’t take a raise.

Commissioners recently approved, with a 4-1 vote, a 2 percent pool for merit raises. Chairman Karl Peterjohn voted against awarding raises, saying the economy is too uncertain.

Linda Kizzire, who will be sworn in in January as county treasurer, said today she won’t take a raise. So did Kelly Arnold, the county clerk.

District attorney Nola Foulston’s salary is set by state statute. Foulston’s salary did not increase in 2009, this year and is not increasing in 2011.

Old Town TIF district may soon end

HOTEL AT OLDTOWNAll of the redevelopment projects financed by property tax money in a special district in Old Town have been paid off. Now city officials recommend closing the tax increment financing district and refunding unspent tax money to USD 259, Sedgwick County and the city.

Tax increment finance districts channel property tax dollars generated by new improvements to flow into accounts that pay for special projects — such as streets, parks, lighting and public art. The money has also been used to acquire land for developers and demolish blighted buildings.

The Old Town TIF district — bounded by Douglas, Second Street, Santa Fe and Washington — generated a lot of new property tax that paid off a long list of projects years ago.

Officials have talked about ending the Old Town TIF district since 2008. But Old Town businesspeople and city council members have kept the district alive to fund extra projects.

On Tuesday, council members will vote to shut the district down and split the roughly $1 million balance in the TIF district account between the school district, county and city.