Leavenworth city officials have been looking at ways to pay for repairs to the city’s stormwater system. And they are seeking input from the public.

Leavenworth city officials have been looking at ways to pay for repairs to the city’s stormwater system. And they are seeking input from the public.

The first of two public information meetings on the topic is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St.

“We’re going to have some display boards set up where you can look at the type of problems we’re seeing,” Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald.

City officials have identified more than $83 million in needed maintenance to the stormwater system, which carries rainwater away from buildings and roads. The water is channeled into creeks and watershed areas.

City commissioners have discussed two options for collecting 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.

The other option for collecting funds for stormwater repairs would be including lump sum fees as part of annual property tax statements.

During a July meeting, commissioners were presented with a table with possible ranges of fees. Fees for single family residents ranged from $3 per month, or $36 per year, under some proposals to $4 per month, or $48 per year. The table showed a fee of $250 per month, or $3,000 per year, for the largest industrial properties in the city.

McDonald said Thursday’s meeting will have no formal presentation. City staff members will be hand to answer questions.

Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city, said people attending the meeting will have the opportunity to provide written feedback.

A second public information meeting is planned for 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Leavenworth Fire Station No. 1, 3600 S. 20th St.

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