The Pratt City Commission adopted a $23.8 million budget for 2015, with $1.9 million to be contributed by ad valorem tax at an estimated tax rate of 46.595 mils.
The budget is $786,554 higher than for 2014 and the tax rate is up by about 1.5 mils.
Commissioners handled a light agenda in about 30 minutes, giving Abundant Harvest Church of the Nazarene permission to use Centennial Park for a three-day Big Tent Revival Oct. 15-19 and First Assembly of God permission to use Lemon Park for a Back Packs to School program on Aug. 10.
The Rev. Scott Powell, pastor of the Nazarene Church, said the revival will be held Oct. 16-18, but they needed additional days for set-up and tear-down. He expects about 250 people for a program that begins with a cookout meal and live music intermittently from 6:30 to 8:30. He promised no music after 9 p.m.
The Backpack program is a repeat of last year’s event, with music, inflatables and a fire truck. The church will give away backpacks with school supplies, free shoes and haircuts.
Blake Himmelwright spoke with commissioners about a date for a work session on a proposed improvement of Lemon Park.
He also asked them to reconsider the streetscape project that calls for just three trees per block.
“Every world class shopping destination is loaded with trees,” he said, predicting that if shoppers like trees they might linger and spend more money.
To stay with the timeline, the plan will be submitted as is, but Himmelwright was assured there could be adjustments later.