City weighs LAD levy
Since 1981, the primary interest for Leavenworth Area Development has been attracting new businesses in areas such as manufacturing, industrial and warehousing.
Earlier this month, LAD director Lynn McClure told the Basehor City Council his organization will focus on another area of economic development -- commercial and retail.
"The board has approved us being more active in that area," McClure told Council members. He added, "I think this is very important to the future."
McClure briefed the City Council last week on the latest LAD happenings. The discussion was part of continuing efforts by the organization to discuss benefits it offers to municipalities and to brace local governments on contributions LAD will need later this year.
According to a handout provided by McClure, LAD will ask the city for $5,128 this year, an increase of $399 from last year. Each city's contributions are calculated using a formula that factors in population and property valuations.
The city is scheduled to vote later this year on the contribution requested by LAD. In May, the City Council voted not to renew its membership in the Mid America Regional Council.