Archive for Wednesday, September 21, 2011

City council opts to send surveys to Sewer District 3 residents, approves Orscheln incentives

The Glenwood Estates subdivision is south of Basehor, off of 158th St.

The Glenwood Estates subdivision is south of Basehor, off of 158th St.

September 21, 2011

Glenwood Estates residents Monday night told Basehor City Council members they'd had no voice in determining their fate. Now they will.

The city council decided Monday, by a 5-0 vote, to send a certified mail survey to residents of Sewer District No. 3 asking if they would submit to a voluntary annexation in return for paying the sewer connection fees and monthly sewer rates normally charged to city residents. The council will hold off on a decision on residents' fees until October, members said.

The vote to send the survey followed a suggestion by council member Travis Miles that the city charge current in-city connection fees and in-city sewer rates — but only for Sewer District No. 3 residents who agree to a voluntary annexation by the city.

That suggestion would reduce willing residents' connection fees by nearly $1,000 per household and also would charge them the same sewer rates that Basehor residents pay, rather than 150 percent of the regular rates, as the Glenwood residents are paying now.

Later in Monday's meeting, the council voted unanimously to pass a resolution offering a 95 percent property tax rebate on the former Wolf Creek Marketplace grocery store building to Orcheln Farm & Home, which has conditionally agreed to purchase the building.

The resolution does not set those tax incentives in stone, city attorney Shannon Marcano told the council members. The resolution directs the city to prepare an agreement with Orscheln, Marcano said, and the council will need to approve an ordinance later on to put that agreement, and the incentives, into effect.

For more on Monday's council meeting, see the online and print editions of the Sentinel on Thursday.

Comments

Ronald Grover 3 years, 2 months ago

What are the performance requirements other than just to buy the building?

It's getting old handing out tax incentives to all types of businesses without performance requirements, ie. employment, sales tax receipts, community service requirement etc. Without measurable objectives and targets that reflect a committment to the city and citizens it merely is a gift to the business owners from the tax paying citizens of Basehor.

Failure to meet the performance requirements should be reflected in a reduction in the tax incentive.

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KSman57 3 years, 2 months ago

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's start by getting some sales tax from a currently vacant property before we start making performance demands

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Ronald Grover 3 years, 2 months ago

Orcheln Farm & Home believes it OK to ask for tax incentives but you KSman57 don't believe it is OK for Basehor to ask for performance incentives? Do you not believe that Orcheln should be held to a higher standard if they are receiving handouts from Basehor citizens?

What about every other business in Basehor, what advantages do they get to compete with a business neighbor and competitor that has no or very little tax burden reflected on their bottom line?

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KSman57 3 years, 2 months ago

Has the idea of "performance incentives" been brought before any other business in Basehor?

Also, who would Orscheln's be competing against in Basehor? The closest competition would be Tractor Supply and Feldman's, neither of which are in Basehor.

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Ronald Grover 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't know if performance incentives have been brought up before but can we not learn from past mistakes.

For instance, what did we get from the tax incentives from the first owners. If previous councils had used performance incentive logic in granting the incentives for the first developers we would have gotten either tax money for non performance in accepting a tax incentive or we would have a lien on that property.

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