Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Taxpayers upset at assessments for sewer line

Basehor City Council to discuss district in work session Monday

February 2, 2006

The total cost for a U.S. Highway 24-40 interceptor sewer project is approximately $1.7 million, and the brunt of that will be paid by nearby property owners.

During a public meeting Friday night at Basehor-Linwood High School, city council members listened to concerns of residents who will be assessed for the long-planned project.

Council members will consider those concerns as they debate the assessments during a work session next week. The work session is scheduled to take place after the regular council meeting Feb. 6.

The interceptor project connects areas west, south, and to a lesser degree, east, of the city to a sewer line that feeds into the Basehor sewage treatment plant.

According to the city, assessments will be levied on 448 properties, which will pay approximately $1.3 million, or 80 percent, toward the project.

The assessments were levied on properties that city officials say will benefit from the interceptor project and the money will be used to repay a loan the city secured from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The interceptor project is complete.

Several people who spoke to the council Friday were concerned about the assessments. One local company, Miles Excavating, said the city made procedural errors in forming the benefit district.

"We are prepared to fight this project at any level of the judicial system," said Mike Hooper, an employee of Miles Excavating.

Curtis Oroke, developer of the Honey Creek subdivision, said he's already spent $625,000 on sewers and objected to paying additional fees.

"Is that fair to us?" Oroke asked. "Is that fair to the homeowners?

"Everything we've always done ... we've had to jump through hoops."

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