When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners discussed possible mechanisms for collecting money to pay for repairs to the city’s stormwater system.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners discussed possible mechanisms for collecting money to pay for repairs to the city’s stormwater system.

City officials estimate that needed repairs to the system will cost between $40 million and $70 million.

Commissioners previously have discussed possible options for funding repair projects, and they revisited the issue again Tuesday during a study session. No formal vote was taken during the study session.

Mayor Nancy Bauder said she would like to have community meetings about the issue.

“I just think it needs more public input,” she said.

City Manager Paul Kramer said he will pick out some dates for public meetings.

During Tuesday’s study session, commissioners were presented two options for how the city could collect fees to fund stormwater repair projects.

One option would be to include a monthly fee on water bills. City sewer and trash fees already are included on water bills.

Water bills are prepared by the Leavenworth Water Department, which is not part of the city government.

Kramer said the Water Department would charge the city between $15,000 and $20,000 in setup costs for adding stormwater repair fees to the bill. There also would be an ongoing fee from the Water Department for operating the billing service.

The other option for collecting funds for stormwater repairs would be including lump sum fees as part of annual property tax statements. Kramer said the city would not have to pay startup costs or ongoing collection fees with this option.

“Both have their plusses and minuses,” Kramer said of the options.

By using monthly water bills, the fees will be charged to the water customers even if they are not property owners. By using tax statements, the fees will be charged to the owners of properties in the city.

Commissioners also were presented proposals for fee structures. Properties would be divided up into categories and fees would vary between the categories. The categories would include single family housing units and duplex or multi-family units. There would be a range for commercial and industrial properties based on the size of building footprints.

A table showing ranges of fees was prepared for Tuesday’s study session. The table shows fees for single family residences ranging from $3 per month, or $36 per year, under some proposals to $4 per month, or $48 per year.

The table shows a fee of $250 per month, or $3,000 per year, for the largest industrial properties in the city.

It is estimated that the money raised from the various fees would total between $1.4 million and $1.6 million a year.

Kramer said city officials plan on creating a management program for the stormwater repair projects.

“It would be its own stand alone program,” he said.

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