Commission updated on Vision 2025

By The Mercury

Riley County officials are nearing final consideration of the Vision 2025 plan for regulating growth in the county’s rural areas.

County planner Monty Wedel told commissioners Thursday that about two dozen people who attended the second of two scheduled hearings on the plan Wednesday night at Riley County High School surfaced no roadblocks and few questions.

“We might be ready to move to the public hearing,” Wedel said of a formal step that usually immediately precedes adoption of a plan.

The meeting at Riley County High School followed a similar one last week at the Manhattan Fire Department at which the public reaction was similarly accepting. Boiled down to its essence, the plan allows county officials to review proposals for development of non-farm residential areas in the county.

Commissioners have not yet set a public hearing date for Vision 2025.


County appraiser Greg McHenry said he expects change of value notices to be mailed Feb. 17.

McHenry also told commissioners that he met Tuesday with officials from Picerne Housing at Fort Riley to discuss steps leading to the assessment of those properties for tax purposes. “We were able to iron out a preliminary strategy for valuing their properties and they provided data needed for our appraisal work,” McHenry said.

The step is significant because neither Riley nor Geary County presently has a means of assessing on-post property for tax purposes.

McHenry also reported on a bill introduced this week in the Kansas Senate that would impact the way appraisals are conducted. The bill was heard by Sen. Roger Reitz’s Local Government Committee. Among other things, it would allow counties to email change of value notices rather than mailing them as is currently the case, and would also allow personal watercraft to be taxed at the residence of the owner rather than at their location of storage.

McHenry said he expects the Local Government Committee to vote on the measure Tuesday. If it clears the committee, it would go to the full Senate and then possibly to the House.

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