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Erie City Council Doubles Rebate on Burress Addition Lots
In an effort to encourage growth, the council voted to double the rebate incentive for lot
purchases in the new Burress Addition for a limited time from $3,000.00 to $6,000.00.
The increased rebate incentive is available through June 30, 2012 and is limited to one lot per person. The rebate incentive is set up for the purchaser to buy a lot at the full price of $12,000.00 and if a home is built within 2 years on that lot, the purchaser will receive a rebate of $6,000.00. They lose the rebate if a home is not built within the two years.
Any additional lots purchased or any lot purchased after June 30, 2012 will revert back to the $3,000.00 rebate incentive. The new homebuilder incentive package that allows up to $2,500.00 in city services for water and sewer taps and electric meter installation still applies to all new homes built in the Burress Addition as well as anywhere within the city limits.

For full details and information, contact city hall at 244-3461 or the city website
at erieks.com.  More information on the Burress Addition (restrictive covenants, plot diagram, new homebuilder incentive package) can be found here.
Going to Burn Yard Waste?  Know The Rules!
Still have leaves in your yard and plan to burn them this spring?  Burning permits are no longer required, but make sure you follow the Erie burning regulations:

The city council voted to allow open burning without obtaining a signed burn permit. In lieu of the burn permit, city residents will be required to call the county non-emergency dispatch number at 244-3869 to report the date and time, address, and type of material to be burned. The same rules and regulations for burning are still in effect and will be enforced as follows:

Absolutely no burning on curb or in the street.

Burning will be allowed from dawn until two (2) hours after dusk.

Burning is prohibited when wind speed is less than 5 MPH or more than 15 MPH. No burning during inclement or foggy conditions or on very cloudy days.

Must have a charged water hose, and shovel or rake available at all time during burning.

DO NOT LEAVE FIRE UNATTENDED.

No burning that creates a traffic or safety hazard.

Please exhibit consideration for your neighbors and their property.

Penalty: Pursuant to Ordinance No. 77-573 any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not more than $100.00: Provided that each day’s violation shall be a separate offense.

Note: A list of these regulations may be obtained at city hall.
Lot Price in Burress Addition Reduced
May 14, 2012:  The City Council voted to reduce the lot price in the Burress Addition to $4,000.00 effective immediately until May of 2013 to encourage home builders.  Homes built within two years of lot purchase will qualify for up $2,500.00 in utility hookups.
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Energy Efficiency Rebate
The City of Erie is participating in an energy efficiency rebate program offered through the Kansas Power Pool to encourage citizens to install new high efficiency products and appliances.  The Kansas Power Pool offers an Energy Efficiency Program to member cities to encourage energy conservation together with increased efficiency through energy conservation and increased customer awareness.
 
Erie residents may take advantage of the following rebates offered:

$30.00 – New refrigerator Energy Star rated or greater.

$75.00 – Electric Water Heater with EF > 0.90.

$75.00 – New Air Conditioner has a rating of SEER >  14.

Heat Pump Replacement Program Requirement:  SEER >  14 AND No or Only Supplemental  gas heat;
          Unit < 1.5 tons:  $75.00 rebate.
          Unit > 1.5 tons, single family structure:  $200.00 rebate.
          Unit > 1.5 tons, multi family structure:  $150.00 rebate.

To receive your rebate you must submit to Erie City Hall your proof of purchase and proof of the energy efficiency rating of the appliance.  This offer apply only to electric customers served by the City of Erie.
Neosho County Added to Kansas Rural Opportunity Zones
Rural Opportunity Zones are 73 counties that have been authorized to offer one or both of the following financial incentives to new full-time residents:

Kansas income tax waivers for up to five years
Student loan repayments up to $15,000

For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Commerce