The city government of Basehor will not renew its participation with the Leavenworth County Development Corporation for 2018.

The city government of Basehor will not renew its participation with the Leavenworth County Development Corporation for 2018.

The announcement came Thursday from Basehor City Council member Vernon Fields. He attended a meeting of the LCDC Board of Directors and read a statement at the conclusion of the meeting.

“After much consideration, debate and deliberation, the elected officials for the city of Basehor have decided to move in a different direction,” Fields said. “So therefore, we will not be providing the financial contributions that have historically been made to LCDC for the current and potentially future years.”

Fields said the decision reflected the desire of the current City Council. But the issue can be revisited by future council members.

Fields said he was delivering the message on behalf of Basehor Mayor David Breuer.

LCDC works to attract business development in Leavenworth County.

Basehor, Leavenworth, Lansing, Tonganoxie and the Leavenworth County government traditionally have supported LCDC each year.

LCDC also receives support from numerous private sector members.

LCDC Executive Director Steve Jack said the organization charges an annual fee to the cities based on a formula that was agreed to 13-14 years ago.

LCDC had asked the city of Basehor to pay $10,083 for 2018, according to City Administrator Lloyd Martley Jr.

Martley, who did not attend Thursday's meeting, said LCDC focuses heavily on industrial business development. But Basehor does not have an industrial park, and city officials are looking for other types of commercial development.

He said the city government does not have an economic development staff. But he said the city has a progressive mayor and City Council who are constantly looking for development opportunities.

Martley said city officials probably will partner more heavily with the Basehor Chamber of Commerce moving forward.

Jack acknowledged it can be more challenging to attract businesses to communities that do not have industrial parks. But he said LCDC looks at attracting smaller businesses and also helps with things such as obtaining grants to assist local businesses.

“We think we have a good track record in each of the four communities,” he said.

Jack said Fields’ announcement came as a surprise. He learned of it just before the start of Thursday’s meeting.

Martley said City Council members reached a consensus during a recent work session not to renew with LCDC for the coming year.

“It’s been something we’ve discussed for quite a while,” he said.

A message left for the Basehor mayor was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

The city of Leavenworth briefly left LCDC at the beginning of 2014 as a budget-cutting measure. But the city rejoined the organization in March of that year.

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