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Basehor renews push to change boundaries for area ZIP codes

Why is the link to review opposing comments or any comments for that matter to this article no longer present on your site? Could it be that the opposing views outwieghed any positive comments about the need to change the zip code? Trust me, just about everthing in this article is made up BS by the city and uniformed residents that have not clearly thought this proposed zip change completely through..

August 18, 2011 at 9:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to seek end of Basehor/Bonner ZIP code confusion

Continued from part#2
6. Possible delayed service from first responders (emergency personnel)
Got to call foul on this one too! First responders come from the station right there in Basehor and this is a county wide service, not specific or unique to Basehor. Last time I checked Basehor was still in Leavenworth County. Do you really expect people to believe now that our zip code is not the same as Basehor they will not be able to locate us? Perhaps we all need to go over and knock on the door and introduce ourselves! I would propose that if this is actually true and is not working as it previously had been, it is because of the Basehor annexation!
7. Inability of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to identify residences.
These systems are typically satellite based. I own a GPS exclusive device that I have not bothered to periodically update with new maps (primarily because there is better technology and multiple use devices that better serve the end user) Even with this older technology not being updated with new maps, it is able to locate any residence in this area because the zip code has not changed and has remained stable.

If you take a look at the Basehor list, most of these “issues” are the direct result of the forced annexation of our area and were all previously cited as reason not to proceed with the annexation. Basehor city council created this mess, and as such they now need to demonstrate responsible civil leadership that will not further unnecessarily burden its citizenry.
It appears that the City of Basehor again is hell bent on going after any and all revenue they can possibly get their hands on without any consideration of impact to its citizens they are elected to serve. It has been an expensive pill for this tax payer to swallow when my real estate taxes increased over $2,400 per year because the city chose to forcibly annex our area and we have zero additional benefits or services to show for this increase. All of this taking place without any say so in the matter resulting in our rights further being diminished. Here is a novel concept. How about if the city operates within current revenue streams and lives within their means like the rest of have to? It never ceases to amaze me that it appears to me that government entities seem to conveniently forget where tax payer funds come from or who they have been elected by or employed by to serve. It seems the voice of the taxpaying citizen falls on deaf ears these days. When will enough ever be enough? Please leave us alone!

Bonner Springs 66012

August 17, 2011 at 6:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to seek end of Basehor/Bonner ZIP code confusion

(continued from Part#1)
In the letter the City of Basehor offers a list of issues that might be better described as possible justifications for the proposed zip code change. Please allow me to review each point, as some of these appear to be misleading and possibly intentional as a further means of justification for the proposed change.
1. Loss of sales tax and compensating use tax for the City of Basehor.
There are many examples of surrounding municipalities that have more than one zip code assigned to them. Surely Basehor should be able devise a means to collect sales tax. Figure it out!

2. Basehor residents are forced to pay higher Wyandotte County insurance rates (home, auto, etc.)
This simply is not the case for me personally. My insurance provider is aware of what county our property is located. Should anyone actually be paying a rate associated with Wyandotte County needs to contact their provider to request a possible refund of any increased rates they may have paid and to ensure they are paying rates based upon residing in Leavenworth County, not Wyandotte County.
3. Basehor residents with a 66012 zip code are required to drive seven miles to the Bonner Springs post office in order to pick up packages or signature required mail while the Basehor post office is only 1 ½ miles away.
Again this appears to be a misrepresentation of services provided by USPS. They will make multiple attempts at delivery prior to providing notice that a trip to the post office is required. Additionally, there is no law that I am aware of that requires a mandatory appearance to any post office to pick up a package or to sign for mail if an individual so elects not to do so. From my perspective, I would much rather make a very infrequent trip (maybe once or twice a year, if at all) to the Bonner Springs post office rather than to have to go through the time and expense to make a zip code change.
4. Possible miscount of residents during the most recent census.
Really? This really seems to be a stretch! Conversely, one could make the argument that census takers can get it right. Additionally, Census takers will know where they are and what area they are working in.
5. Delivery companies frequently have difficulty locating homes mistakenly looking in Bonner Springs.
This is again an incorrect assumption. Delivery companies continue to provide the same level of service, regardless of zip code, and in spite of the City of Basehor’s forced annexation!

August 17, 2011 at 6:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to seek end of Basehor/Bonner ZIP code confusion

I am one of those effected persons that recieved a letter from the city of Basehor providing notice that the City of Basehor will be submitting a zip code change request to USPS to include addresses south KS 24/40 highway with a Basehor zip code of 66007. I wish to go on record that I am vehemently opposed to this potential change for the following reasons:
1.) Such a change will require an unnecessary change of address at significant time and expense to effected persons, while providing little to no additional benefit other than to the City of Basehor, and is not in the best interest of tax-paying public.
2.) Many official legal documents and records, for example, driver’s licenses, passports, social security, really any records of every government agency at county, state and national level will need to update their records to reflect this proposed change, again placing burden on effected persons.
3.) Current creditors, i.e. banks, credit unions, credit card companies, home mortgage companies, utility companies, on-line service providers, anyone or any company that I have done business with will need to be notified and records updated.
4.) Financial and Investment companies will need to be notified of a change of address to ensure statements are delivered in a timely manner without delay or disruption of key financial and investment information Vehicle titles, binding contracts, real estate deeds, and social security may also need to be updated. (Continued, see par t#2)

August 17, 2011 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )