Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2011

Letter: Sewer increase will hurt

January 13, 2011

To the editor:

Why did we let Glenwood Estates connect to the city of Basehor sewers and not charge the out-of-city fee of $4,200? Instead, we let them connect for $3,450. We lost $75,000 from the 100, more or less, homes at Glenwood Estates. And now we the people of Basehor are paying the extra fees. Now come the higher sewer service fees for the rest of us here in Basehor.

The city administrator tells me we have no extra money in sewer funds. The extra $75,000 would have been nice. So then maybe we would not have had to increase the fees on all of us by 40 percent. We could stand a 15 percent hike. This will hurt large families of five or seven people. Some will be paying $60, $70 or higher per month.

To the City Council members, I don’t see how you can look at the people here in our town and say this is necessary.

People are getting cut back on hours at their jobs. I don’t know of a single person that’s getting a 40 percent salary increase!

Everyone here in Basehor with concerns about the matter should come to the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 and voice your opinions. We need a rollback on this terrible sewer rate hike.

Elaine Bundy



Dennis Mertz 7 years, 5 months ago

Ms. Bundy,

I do wish you would have been at the Council meeting on 12/20 as I was pushing for the 15% rather than the 40%. When it was brought up at the meeting about the poll that was taken via the newspaper website, and it showed 5 to 1 that citizens wanted 40%, it was hard for me to sway the rest of the Council. Without your voices at City Hall I did in fact agree with the 40% only after stating that 15% was, in my opinion, the better choice.

I hope to see you Monday.

Sincerely, Dennis Mertz Council Member City of Basehor


mbb250 7 years, 5 months ago

It seems like this Council is going backwards by returning to the unpopular and useless method of using year-old water usage to calculate sewer fees. This method was used previously and was found to not be accurate for various reasons - change in tenant, change in family status, and even change in ownership. Why am I not surprised.


KSman57 7 years, 5 months ago

The city council neglected to successfully implement a small yearly rate increase plan that would have resulted in the desired budget surplus. We, the citizens, are now left to shoulder the responsibility for their failures.

Given the current economic climate, I would find it hard for a Basehor city council member to look a citizen in the eye and say that a 40% rate increase on top of an increase for trash disposal was the right/only choice. This council needs to open their eyes.


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