For months, Leavenworth city commissioners have been talking about implementing a fee to help pay for repairs to the city's stormwater system. And on Tuesday, they discussed possible dollar figures for the fee.

For months, Leavenworth city commissioners have been talking about implementing a fee to help pay for repairs to the city's stormwater system. And on Tuesday, they discussed possible dollar figures for the fee.

But no decision was made regarding fee amounts during what was a study session. Mayor Nancy Bauder suggested fee structures that were presented during the meeting needed more work.

City officials say they 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.

Commissioners decided last month that the fee, once it is set, will appear on annual property tax statements.

City Manager Paul Kramer said Tuesday city staff members had come up with five options for fees.

Each option contained a range of fee amounts based on the classification and size of properties.

The option with the lowest fees called for a $60 annual fee for single-family properties. Under this option, property owners would be charged $60 for each unit of apartment complexes. The fee for commercial properties would range from $250 to $1,300 depending on the size of the buildings on the properties. The fee for industrial properties would range from $1,500 to $4,500 depending on the size of buildings. The fees from this option would generate an estimated $1.2 million.

The remaining four options would generate between $1.4 million and $4.1 million each year, according to information provided to commissioners.

Under these remaining options, the fees for single-family residential units range from $75 to $270 per year. The fee for the commercial properties that are more than 10,000 square feet ranges from $1,375 to $3,100 under these four options. The fee for industrial properties that are more than 9,000 square feet ranges from $6,000 to $9,000.

Greg Kaaz, president of Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Co., addressed commissioners during the study session.

Kaaz acknowledged that repairs are needed to the city's stormwater system.

"I think the work needs to be done," he said. "It's bad."

But Kaaz said he had a lot of questions about the fee proposals.

He questioned what he considered an inequity between fees for commercial and industrial properties. He noted, in some cases, the proposed fee for industrial properties is six times more than the fee for commercial properties.

He noted that a new industrial park is being developed in Leavenworth. He said businesses in this park will be facing high fees.

He said Leavenworth will be competing with other cities to attract businesses.

"We're going to have to tweak these categories some," Deputy Public Works Director Mike Hooper said.

Setting the fee for single-family residences at $75 instead of $60 would raise more than $100,000 in additional revenue for the program. Kramer said this could help ease the burden for the owners of industrial properties.

He asked if a $75 per year fee for residential properties is tenable.

"I think so," Bauder said.

Kramer asked if commissioners were wanting to focus on options that would generate between $1.2 million and $1.4 million per year.

Bauder said this is her preference.

City officials have said nonprofit organizations that are exempt from property taxes will still be charged the fee.

Kaaz raised the question of whether locations such as the Eisenhower VA Medical Center and Fort Leavenworth, which lie within the Leavenworth city limits, will be charged the fee.

Kramer later said city staff will look at the categories for the fee options as well as allocations within the categories. He said the issue will not be brought back to the commission until January.

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