Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2006

Council mulls sewer assessments

February 9, 2006

This month, the Basehor City Council will make a final decision on how much local property owners will pay for a $1.7 million sewer project.

Assessments for the U.S. Highway 24-40 interceptor project -- a long-planned project connecting areas west, south and east of the city to the wastewater treatment plant -- has been at the center of recent council discussions.

Council members heard from disgruntled property owners during a public hearing at the end of last month. They also discussed the assessments, but made no decision, at a work session Monday night.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said he doesn't believe the council has reached consensus on the assessments.

"I think right now we're just taking information from property owners," Garcia said. "At this point, it's just something for us to think about."

The mayor said city officials again will discuss the assessments at a 6 p.m. work session Feb. 20, then will make a final decision on Feb. 23.

According to the city, assessments will be levied on 448 properties that officials say benefit from the project, which is complete. The assessments will be used to repay a loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Owners of those properties will pay $1.3 million total for the project, or 80 percent of the total cost.

The benefit district formed to pay for the project has generated opposition from residents and developers. Two developers, Curtis Oroke and Steve Miles, have publicly opposed the assessments. A spokesman of Miles' company said they would oppose the assessments in court.

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