Archive for Thursday, September 17, 2009

Council approves tax rebate program

September 17, 2009

A new incentive for potential property owners in Basehor is making headway.

At the Sept. 10 Basehor City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to adopt its portion of a resolution for a new property tax rebate program to encourage new development in the city.

The program, which will run for three years, has been in the works for several months, headed by council members David Breuer and Dennis Mertz and building inspector Mark Lee. It offers a rebate of 100 percent of city property taxes for an initial period of three years and then 50 percent for the next three years to property owners of homes constructed on or after July 1.

The program also allows a city property tax rebate of 80 percent for three years and 25 percent for three years for owners of commercial structures built on or after July 1.

The appraised value of all structures must be no less than $140,000 to be eligible for the program.

Other eligibility requirements for the rebate include:

• The structure must conform to the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances in effect at that time and must remain in conformity to those regulations, or the rebate may be terminated.

• Real estate taxes on the property must be current at the time of the application, and the taxpayer may not twice within a year be 90 days delinquent in payment of property taxes.

• Single-family rental structures are not eligible for the rebate program.

Property owners must submit an application for the program no later than 30 days after issuance of the building permit. Applications may be obtained at City Hall and will be reviewed by the building inspector and eventually the city’s planning director.

The tax breaks may expand, also.

Lee, Breuer, Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley and Hill presented the program Aug. 10 to the Basehor-Linwood School Board at its monthly meeting. At the meeting, Breuer said the program would benefit the school district because more homes meant more students going to school, which in turn meant more government funding going to the district.

Mayor Terry Hill said at the board meeting the rebate plan would take some time to generate revenue, but it would in no way harm the city financially.

“In order to break the tie between us and other surrounding cities that are attractive, we need to have an advantage,” Hill said. “What we’re trying to do is give ourselves an advantage over other communities and to make ourselves just a little bit more attractive.

“We’re a great bedroom community. This is designed where we really can’t harm ourselves, we can only help ourselves. If we do nothing, we make nothing.”

The program and an interlocal resolution for the program has also been presented to the Basehor Community Library, Fairmount Township Fire Department and Leavenworth County and await approval by these taxing entities.

Also on Sept. 10, the council:

• Heard a report from Jeff Keller of Burns and McDonnell on the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The project has run into a few glitches because of nondescriptive documentation of the plant’s wiring. Workers have discovered pipes and wiring in unexpected places, and are having to work around it. CAS Construction requested an extension to the contract to provide more time to work out these problems.

• Approved, 5-0, to extend CAS Construction’s contract for expansion of the wastewater treatment plant until April 1.

• Approved, 5-0, submitting an application to the Kansas Department of Transportation requesting funds for improvements to the intersection at Kansas Highway 7 and Donahoo Road.

• Approved, 5-0, resolutions authorizing the city’s administrative staff to transact business with Basehor’s First State Bank and Trust.

• Approved, 5-0, renewal of FundBalance accounting software with Tyler Technologies in the amount of $3,188.

• Approved, 5-0, purchase of FileBound software Capture Pro OCR/PDF and Importer Lite software not to exceed $5,690.

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