Submit your questions to the city of Edgerton.
Is Edgerton raising taxes nearly 25%?
No, an article published recently by the Kansas Policy Institute used information from Johnson County that was wrong. The County incorrectly calculated our new “revenue neutral rate” at 23.995. It should have been 28.964. The 2022 budget calls for a mill rate of 29.939, which less than one mill over the revenue neutral rate and lower than the 2021 budget at 30.381 mills.
The Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR) is the mill rate that would keep the City at the exact same revenue as the year before. RNR does not take into account any new growth, like annexations or new developments, and does not allow the City to capture any additional funding once abatements or other incentives roll off.
The proposed total general fund budget amount for FY2022 is $5,899,083. Of that, approximately $360,000 is generated from residential property tax. Residential Edgerton property owners pay approximately 6% of our total general fund budget.
If the budget is approved, in 2022, the City will collect on average about $36.00 more per household than in 2021. See the proposed budget here.
I heard that Edgerton is a billion dollars in debt! Is that true?
No, Edgerton is not a billion dollars in debt. That misleading rumor concerns Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs).
IRBs are an economic development tool to provide certain benefits to vertical construction on new development that can include property tax abatements. IRBs are NOT General Obligation Bonds (GO Bonds) and are NOT the responsibility of the City or its residents to pay back. IRBs ARE NOT CITY DEBT.
The property owners that are issued IRBs are required to make their bond payments or they lose their tax abatements, so it is in the best interest of the property owner to make those payments on time. Every January, the City must certify to the County that the property owners are meeting their obligations in order to continue to receive the tax abatement. The City must also report the balances on its IRBs to the County every June.
Does Edgerton have fewer building code restrictions than other cities?
The City of Edgerton adopted the 2006 suite of construction codes published by the International Code Council (ICC), the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. This set of comprehensive codes and standards includes the 2006 International Codes listed below and are the same edition as adopted by our neighbors in Spring Hill and Miami County.
2006 International Building Code
2006 International Residential Code
2006 International Mechanical Code
2006 International Plumbing Code
2006 International Fire Code
2005 National Electric Code
The City currently contracts our building inspection services with GBA, an national engineering firm headquartered in Lenexa that has been around for more than 50 years. Population size does not determine building code and safety requirements in the state of Kansas. Learn more about Edgerton’s codes here.
Is the City of Edgerton actively turning away housing developers to keep our population low?
No, this rumor is entirely false. The City has been actively recruiting housing developers for years. In 2019, Mayor Roberts and James Oltman, the President of ElevateEdgerton!, our economic development partners, appeared on KCUR radio and in several news stories to talk about the city’s struggle with low housing inventory and to recruit builders to this area. So far negotiations with developers have not been successful due to a variety of factors, including large lot sizes, rising costs of construction materials and cost of infrastructure development. Most developers are looking for smaller parcels to test the market, but a majority of available and buildable parcels around Edgerton are much larger and require significant investment to connect to our water and sewer systems. The City of Edgerton desires to increase our population and show more people how amazing this community truly is.
What projects has LPKC funded?
The City of Edgerton has already invested nearly $33 million in revenues from Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in several projects bettering our community and significantly improving the quality of life for our citizens. Every other year, the City conducts a citizen survey that is sent to every household in Edgerton. That survey provides citizens the opportunity to rank their top priorities for investment by the City. Since 2013, those priorities have remained constant: investment in street infrastructure, existing parks and park equipment and new trails and sidewalks to increase connectivity in our community.
The City of Edgerton has been able to complete a myriad of projects to benefit the residential community that would have otherwise been impossible or would have taken years to complete. Those projects include, but are not limited to:
- Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (2013)
- Railroad Quiet Zones along Nelson and 207th Street (2014)
- Manor Park Renovation (2016)
- 3rd Street Infrastructure Upgrades (2017)
- Nelson Street Improvements-East 5th to East 6th (2017)
- 8th Street Sidewalk (2017)
- 4th and Nelson Intersection Improvements (2018)
- Martin Creek Trail and Pedestrian Crossing into Big Bull Creek Park (2019)
- Residential Street Reconstruction (2019)
- 1st and Meriwood Stormwater Improvements (2020)
- Stormwater Master Plan (2020)
- Wastewater Master Plan (2020)
- U.S. 56 Trail (2020)
Currently, construction is underway on a $15 million public safety infrastructure improvement project. The 207th Street Grade Separation is fully funded by new revenue generated by LPKC and a $1 million CARS grant from Johnson County. This project would not be possible without funding available from the revenues from development of LPKC. Later this year, work will begin on another park renovation at Glendell Acres. New landscaping, playground equipment and sidewalks are planned. This project is also funded by LPKC. Check out some of the pictures of the projects below.
We keep hearing that when a project at LPKC receives property tax abatement the City is required to use any PILOTs (i.e. funds received) to pay for infrastructure at LPKC. Is this true?
No. When the City issues an industrial revenue bond with property tax abatement for a project, the developer must make annual payments-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT). These PILOTs are distributed to all taxing jurisdictions in the same proportion as regular property taxes, including to the City of Edgerton. The City of Edgerton annual PILOT payment goes into the general fund just like regular property taxes for the Edgerton City Council to allocate during the annual budget process.
Since the opening of LPKC, these PILOT payments have been used to increase services to the residential community such as increasing the city’s street and park maintenance; adding new recreation programming (like princess tea party and art classes); and adding new community events like Summer Movie Nights and Summer Kickoff Block Party, which is happening in Downtown Edgerton this weekend.
What's going on in the downtown greenspace?
In 2019, the City spent less than $9,000 to tear down two buildings surrounding the downtown greenspace: a vacant home and the former “cop shop” near the library. The total included remediation for asbestos and lead, tear down and clean-up.
The Greenspace is still in the works. After taking public feedback from the public about what design options they would most like to see, the City is putting together a request for proposals for architectural firms to create a design that would be built at a future date. The new building will be approximately 30,000 square feet on two floors with a possible basement. The budget for this project is $4.1 million.
What's wrong with the crosswalk lights outside of Edgerton Elementary?
The City is working to fix problems with the crosswalk lights outside of Edgerton Elementary. Crews replaced components in the lights over the summer, but there is still a malfunction in the system. We’re currently investigating several options, which may include replacement of the batteries and/or the solar power system. City staff will continue to monitor the situation. The safety of the children walking to school is a top priority.
I want to put in a backyard pool. What are the requirements?
The City of Edgerton does require a permit to install a new pool. There are certain rules you will need to follow, including distance from property lines and fencing. Check out edgertonks.org/pools for full details.
How/where do I find the schedule for Yard waste pickups?
Trash is normally picked up on Wednesday in Edgerton. The City contracts with Gardner Disposal for trash, recycling, and yard waste collection services. You can find out more by going to their website.
Residents that would like to sign up for any additional services needed such as additional carts (trash or recycle), smaller size of carts, house-side collection, etc. should contact City Hall (913) 893-6231 during regular business hours. More information is available here.
Are there any plans to better our current network services by bringing in Broadband or Fiber into the city limits?
The City does not currently offer any telecommunication utilities, like broadband or fiber internet services. We also do not control any private business decisions, but we do support efforts to expand high-speed internet services to rural areas of the state of Kansas.
Is City Hall moving to the intermodal?
No. City Hall is not moving anywhere. City Hall has been in the Grange Hall building since the 1960s. The City of Edgerton has never considered moving City Hall away from downtown Edgerton.