Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2004

Basehor officials studying sewer rates

January 29, 2004

Basehor city officials continue to research the feasibility of reducing sewer rates for designated businesses within the city.

Last week, Mario Moore, owner of the Basehor Suds Car Wash, spoke to members of the Basehor City Council about the possibility of reducing his rates, which average approximately $1,250 per month.

During the City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 26, City Council member Bill Hooker proposed lowering sewer rates for the car wash by 25 to 30 percent.

"I'm not so sure it shouldn't be more," Hooker said.

"I don't know how he's going to make it based on that," he added.

Moore told City Council members last week his business has been hit particularly hard in recent months by expensive sewer bills; December, January and February are the peak months for car washes.

Hooker said he spoke with Moore and determined the car wash paid more than $6,000 in sewer and water usage bills over the recent three-month period.

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

While the majority of City Council members have expressed interest in helping Basehor Suds with its hefty bills, they don't want to rush into a decision and set a precedent for existing and future businesses.

City staff has begun researching sewer rate relief other cities use for similar businesses. City Council members did not reach any official decision Monday night but will discuss the issue further in coming weeks.

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