WATER, SEWER, SOLID WASTE (TRASH AND RECYCLING) are billed by the City of North Newton. The bill is prepared and mailed monthly on the 1st. Your payment is due the 15th of the month. A 5% penalty is applied to delinquent accounts on or around the 15th. If payment has not been received by the first of the next month, water service is disconnected. To restore water service, the customer must pay the delinquent bill plus a $15 re-connection charge at City Hall.
WATER meters are read during the middle of every month. The minimum charge is $11.65 for zero to 300 cubic feet of water consumption. Charges on usage above 300 cf are based on a graduated scale. A one-time charge of $15 to set up your services will appear on your first bill as a miscellaneous charge.
SEWER is based on the winter quarter (mid-November through mid-February) water usage. Sewer is re-averaged yearly on your April bill and rates are fixed for the remainder of the year. The minimum charge is $24.35 for zero to 300 cubic feet. The charge above the minimum of 300 cubic feet is $4.60 per 100 cubic feet.
SOLID WASTE: Trash service is contracted with South Central Recycling. Trash is picked up every Wednesday morning. If trash day falls on a holiday the regular schedule is followed with the exception of Christmas Day. Trash bags (75) are furnished by the City and are delivered on or before January 1. These trash bags should be used for household waste only and should not be used for yard waste. Please furnish your own bags when your supply is depleted.
AUTOMATIC BANK PAYMENT OPTION: Customers may sign up to have their utility bill automatically deducted from their bank account. Withdrawals occur on the 15th of each month or the first business day after the 15th. A pre-authorization period must occur after you sign up before automatic bill pay begins.
PET ORDINANCES: North Newton ordinances require that all dogs and cats within the City be licensed annually by March 1.
According to North Newton City Ordinance 162 Section 7 "No owner, keeper or harborer of any dog shall permit the same to run at large within the City of North Newton, Kansas."
A 2003 ordinance requires the removal of animal feces from public or private property (including public walks, streets, recreation areas, and parks) other than the property owned or under the control of the animal's owner, and that the feces be disposed of in a sanitary manner.
BUILDING PERMITS: Building permits are required on additions or alterations to your home or property, including but not limited to: home additions/alterations, detached buildings, re-roofing, egress windows, decks, curb cuts/driveways, sprinkler systems if on city water, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work. Permits are obtained at City Hall. Reports from inspections during the work project are kept in a permanent file for your address.
4TH OF JULY: Fireworks can be discharged in North Newton only on July 4th between 10 a.m. and midnight. The current ordinance defines fireworks as "class C fireworks" and as "common fireworks".
INTANGIBLES TAX: North Newton is one of two cities in Harvey County that levies an intangible tax. This is a tax on interest and dividend earnings. Persons who have such income are required to complete Kansas Tax Form 200. This form is filed with your Kansas income tax form each spring. The State of Kansas notifies the Harvey County Clerk of the filing. The County Clerk in turn posts the tax on the individual property tax statement. The tax is then collected in the same manner as the property owner's ad valorem property tax. Your accountant should be aware of this requirement. If you have recently moved to town and/or if you prepare your own State income tax forms, this is a matter of which you should be aware.
HARVEY COUNTY TRANSFER STATION:
ELECTRICITY - Westar Energy; Billing & Customer Service 800-383-1183; Power outages 800-544-4857
GAS - Kansas Gas Service; Billing & Customer Service 800-794-4780; Gas leaks 888-482-4950
TELEPHONE: AT&T (www.att.com)
CABLE TV: Cox Communications
MAIL: North Newton Post Office
KANSAS ONE CALL: Call before you dig, 800-344-7233 for free location of all utility service lines. For example, if you are planting trees call 5 days in advance.
COMMUNITY ROOM: The North Newton Community Room is available to North Newton residents for $50 and non-North Newton residents for $75.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: Monthly City Council meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00pm. at City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.
VACATION HOUSE WATCH: When you are away from home let the North Newton Police Department know at 283-3191 and the Police Department will watch your home for you.
VOTER REGISTRATION: Voter registration forms are available at the City Office.