December 21, 2016 Edition

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2017 to be crucial year for Hoxie

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

While the Hoxie city budget still requires some review before it's brought to a vote, it is looking stable, said Mayor Lanny Tinker at the Dec. 13 city council meeting.

Tinker noted that citizens should expect an increase on trash pickup, as the fees the city has to pay will increase, and mosquito control, as spraying will be doubled.

The council will meet Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to vote on the 2017 budget.

Tinker went on to explain that 2017 would be an important year for Hoxie. A few new businesses have recently opened in Hoxie, which will help the city's economy.

In addition, January 2017 will see several projects underway in the new Commerce addition near the recently opened section of Highway 67. Tinker said he expects to start reaching out to businesses in early 2017 to develop that area and increase sales tax revenue for Hoxie.

In other business:

Fire Chief Chris Ditto showed the new turnouts recently purchased through grant funds. Ditto said he will be able to order 12 uniforms in total. Additionally, volunteer fundraisers have netted enough to purchase new helmets.

the council authorized Tinker to seek details on a group wishing to host a Friday night dance at the Kenneth Quarry Service Center. Tinker said the group is interested in renting every Friday night. Terms will be negotiated, and the school will still be given priority if its reserve dates are submitted in advance.

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