These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
July 31, 1979
Parsons taxpayers would see a 1.71-mill decrease in their property taxes under a 1980 budget approved for publication by city commissioners. The proposed levy was 55.71 mills, a drop from 57.42 mills for the 1979 budget. It would be the third consecutive year the city levy had decreased.
Residents of Erie and the surrounding area again would have a full-time physician with the opening of the Family Practice Clinic by Dr. James Buller of Parsons. Buller, who had been associated with the Medical Arts Clinic in Parsons, would confine his practice to the Erie location to meet the needs of that community. The area had been without a full-time physician since the retirement of Dr. William Weir on July 1. Buller came to Parsons in July 1978 and had been dividing his time between the Parsons office and an office in Erie. He would continue to see Parsons patients in the Erie office at 103 S. Main.
July 31, 1989
Labette County commissioners unanimously decided to promote county field appraiser Chuck Ewing to the head of his department. Ewing of Altamont was awarded a four-year contract as county appraiser. Ewing, who had worked for the county since March 1986, was replacing Don Harris, who had served as appraiser for 16 years. Commission Chairman Lonie Addis, Oswego, said commissioners selected Ewing because they felt more comfortable with his ability to perform the maintenance tasks required to equalize new reappraisal values over the following four years. Ewing would be paid $1,750 a month for the first six months. Following that probationary period, he would be re-evaluated for consideration of a raise to $1,900 per month.
July 31, 1999
Parsons property owners would have to pay only slightly more in taxes based on the proposed 2000 budget city commissioners were expected to pass. The budget called for a property tax levy of 42.511 mills, up about .75 of a mill from the levy for the 1999 budget of 41.766 mills. The assessed valuation of property in the city was up nearly $1.5 million to $39,074,136, meaning the city expected to raise about $1,661,000 to help run the city in 2000. The tax levy raised $1,566,132 for the 1999 budget.
The Parsons USD 503 Board of Education was considering a proposed budget that would increase $50,110. The 1998-99 budget was at $8,577,728, while the following fiscal year’s spending was projected at $8,627,838. The tax levy for the general fund would remain at 20 mills. However the supplemental property tax levy would increase from 12.28 to 17.27 mills. In addition to those taxes, 9.11 mills would be levied for the bonds and interest for the $6.3 million renovation of Parsons Middle School for a total increase of 14.1 mills.