Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2004

Basehor Council weighs tax break for car washes

January 22, 2004

The Basehor City Council is considering lowering the sewer rates for designated businesses within the city. City Council members discussed the idea during a work session Tuesday, Jan. 20 at City Hall.

Mario Moore, owner of the Basehor Suds Car Wash, approached the City Council about giving his business a percentage break for his car wash's sewer bills. The car wash, which opened several months ago, is paying more than $1 in sewer charges on each $1.25 that customers pay for car washes.

Moore said he has been hit particularly hard by sewer bills in recent months; December, January and February are the peak months for car washes and water usage has increased.

The sewer rates for residences and businesses in Basehor are among the highest in the area.

"It's considerably more over here (than it is Bonner Springs)," City Council member John Bonee said. "They need to get a break."

City Council members seemed willing to explore the issue further.

"I think we need something where we can say 'here is a fair break,"' City Council president Julian Espinoza said. "I think we need to do something, I just don't know what that is yet. I know I don't want to decide on a case-by-case basis."

The Council directed city staff to research sewer rate relief other cities use for similar businesses. Council members did not reach any official decision Tuesday night but will explore the issue further in coming weeks.

"We've got to make Basehor a good place for businesses to operate," Bonee said.

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