The Marshall City Council heard some good news about their budget Monday night. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with City Administrator Connie Latimer:

Connie Latimer

The numbers look much better than they did one year ago. “We certainly don’t have a major overage, but we’re not in the red, which we were this time last year,” said Latimer.

Projected revenues are at $10,428,529, and projected revenues are $10,389,527. This would leave the City with a surplus of $39,002. Latimer adds they will begin collecting revenue from the recently-approved Use Tax this month, but do not yet know what kind of funds it will bring in.

D. Kim Lingle

D. Kim Lingle

Council also hear a presentation from D. Kim Lingle, a representative of MBL Development Company. The group hopes to build a 34-unit senior housing complex on the south side of town, near the hospital. The $4.5 million project could start construction in the spring if approved, and would be completed in 9 to 13 months. Those qualified to live in the development would be required to have an income at 60 percent or below the Saline County median income, which would put them at about $40,000 per year or less. Rent on these 908 square foot, 2-bedroom apartments is projected to cost around $425 to $450.

One resident voiced his opposition to the project. A similar project was once proposed for the old hospital, and Darrell Macumber said he would like to see something done with that building before a new facility is constructed.

The Planning and Zoning Committee has approved the rezoning necessary to go ahead with the project. City Council will hold a public hearing on the matter at their September 16th meeting.

Council also elected Ward 4 Councilperson Ron Duvall as the Employer Representative for LAGERS, a position Duvall has held in the past.