To be eligible for the reimbursement of ½ the cost of a newly planted tree (including tax) with the maximum reimbursement of $50.00 OR for reimbursement of ½ of the cost of a tree removal (including tax) with a maximum reimbursement of $100.00 (exception "Pine Wilt Disease" trees listed below), the following guidelines must be followed:
All trees must be on the preferred/acceptable tree list. Deciduous trees must be a minimum of 6' tall and Spruce, Pine, and Juniper trees must be a minimum of 2' tall.
Limit of two rebates for newly planted trees and two rebates for tree removal per property per calendar year. Only properties within the City limits of Hays are eligible for a rebate.
Trees must be purchased from an established dealer within Ellis County or removed by a business that is licensed to perform tree removals in Hays. A list of licensed tree trimmers may be obtained by contacting the Parks Department (listed below).
Funds are limited and will be allocated on a first come/first-rebated basis.
No street trees other than those trees listed as small trees may be planted under or within ten lateral feet of any overhead utility line, or over or within five lateral feet of any underground water line, sewer line or transmission line. All trees must be approved prior to planting along right of ways at any intersection. No tree plantings will be allowed within an alley right of way. Small street trees must be planted at least 30 feet apart, medium trees, 40 feet, and large trees at least 50 feet. The clear space distance between the curb and sidewalk must be 4 feet for a small tree, 6 feet for a medium tree and 8 feet for a large tree. Property owners are required to call Kansas One Call (Dig Safe) at (800) 344-7233 prior to digging.
Property Owners will be reimbursed up to $150.00 for the removal and proper disposal of pine trees that have been confirmed to be infected with "Pine Wilt Disease". Timing is critical to receive this reimbursement. Infected trees need to be removed and disposed of by May 1st. Please contact the Parks Department immediately (listed below) if you have a pine tree that dies suddenly (typically within 3-5 weeks).
Property owners are encouraged to contact the Parks Office, at 628-7375, for an on-site review prior to planting a tree to assure proper planting location and tree type.
All Tree Rebate requests will be subject to the most current program regulations and tree varieties.