They have not yet set an amount, but Leavenworth city commissioners once again discussed a proposed fee to pay for repairs to the city's stormwater system.

They have not yet set an amount, but Leavenworth city commissioners once again discussed a proposed fee to pay for repairs to the city's stormwater system.

The discussion came Tuesday during a study session of the City Commission. Commissioners took no action but they agreed to move forward with a charter ordinance that will allow the city to impose the fee in the future.

Commissioners plan to have first consideration of the charter ordinance next week. They then would be able to vote to approve the ordinance during a Feb. 13 meeting. But the ordinance would not go into effect until after a 60-day protest period.

Kramer said commissioners would later need to approve another ordinance to set the fee.

Mayor Mark Preisinger said commissioners already have overcome the hurdle of establishing that the fee is needed.

"We have answered that question," he said.

City officials say they have identified about $84 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 previously decided that the fee, once approved, should appear on annual property tax statements.

Commissioners were presented an updated fee proposal for Tuesday's meeting.

The proposal included options with a range of revenue targets.

An option for generating a total of $1.28 million per year would call for a $75 annual fee for a single family residence. The owners of the largest industrial property in the city would be charged an annual fee of $6,250 under the same option.

Under an option for generating a total of $4 million per year, single family residences would be charged $270 each year. The largest industrial property would be charged $8,025.

Commissioner Larry Dedeke asked if there would be an allowance for businesses that have their own water retention ponds.

Public Works Director Mike McDonald said that was not part of the plan that was presented.

Dedeke said this bothered him.

Dedeke said he also was bothered by the fact that the fee would not be tax deductible because it is a fee and not a tax.

Preisinger said businesses may be able to deduct the fee as a business expense.

If the fee were to be turned into a tax, there would be a lot of properties that would be exempt from the tax, Preisinger said.

The mayor said there will be a lot more discussion about the fee in the future.

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