Mayor Clair Donnelly
Welcome! Maize is a unique, progressive city enjoying metropolitan status in a rural surrounding. We are a civic-minded community with numerous citizens who volunteer their time for an array of activities. Our city officials and city staff continue to strengthen the value of teamwork and civic loyalty, as we provide essential services ensuring all citizens a secure environment in which to live, work and play. Excellent schools, low crime rate and easy access to the entire metro area makes Maize a unique place to live. Maize, where community counts. We welcome you to Maize and invite you to visit our local businesses.
Through the integration of its population into every aspect of quality education, civic improvements, community appearance, commerce and recreation, Maize shall preserve its small town atmosphere and become the best small city in Kansas.
With the winter months behind us the Maize Road improvement project is back underway. The west side is now being completed along with Central Street from Queen Street east to Maize road. Two-way traffic will continue on the east side of Maize road from 45th street to 53rd street. Completion is expected this summer.
The Park and Tree Board currently has an opening for an interested member of the community or surrounding area. Participation in the Board only requires a small amount of your time on the second Tuesday of the month and some throughout the month on projects as they arise. If you are interested in becoming an active member of the Maize Community please contact Laura Fearey at 722-7561 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Here are a few updates on some Maize happenings from your Administrator:
I am pleased to report the incumbents were re-elected. Mayor Clair Donnelly, Council President Donna Clasen, and Council Member Pat Stivers will each serve another four-year term. I am confident the City’s governing body will continue to provide the positive direction that has been established. It is through the City Council’s vision and policies that the course of the City is determined. Maize is fortunate to have a skilled governing body that understands what it takes to move our city forward in this clear and cohesive manner. Congratulations to each of them and to our citizens for their vote of confidence.
It’s budget time again. Seems like we just close out one year, get into the new one, and it’s time to start budgeting for the next one. State law requires cities provide an approved budget for 2014 in August of this year. Council and staff are in the preliminary planning steps for the 2014 budget.
As reported earlier the City closed out its 2012 budget on a positive trend and through the first quarter of 2013 everything is on track. We anticipate a very conservative 2014 budget with no increase in city taxes. The goal of the City Council is to continue making the needed improvements as we grow but to do so in a controlled responsible manner. As our city continues to develop and grow the overall plan is to implement a tax reduction plan that will be sustainable into the future.
Last year the city had a record year with 64 new single-family housing starts at an average cost of just under $300,000 per home. This year has started in similar fashion with 28 new single-family housing starts. The word is out, “Maize is the place to build and live.” We would like to welcome these new residents to our wonderful city!
The Maize Police Department is now providing crime mapping through crimereports.com. Visit our Crimereports.com page for more information and instructions on how to use the site.
2010 Census: 3,420
Year Established: 1870
Year Incorporated: 1886
Zip Code: 67101
Area Code: 316
Sales Tax: 7.3%
School District: 266
2012 Total Mill Levy: 153.812
Census 2010 Demographic Profile Highlights