Business and building in Basehor is booming and the proof is in the city coffers. A record $104,031.53 in sales tax was collected for the month of February.

Business and building in Basehor is booming and the proof is in the city coffers. A record $104,031.53 in sales tax was collected for the month of February.

In fact, sales tax collection for the first four months of this year have been an average of nearly 20 percent over the same months last year.

The reason? Several new Basehor businesses have opened this year and additional new and relocating businesses will be coming to the city through this summer.

In addition to local businesses, 28 new home building permits have been issues thus far in 2017. A new phase of Falcon Lakes with 62 lots and a new development called Tomahawk Valley with over 50 homes are currently in the planning stages.

With the current population of just over 5,400 residents, Mayor Dave Breuer sees opportunities for continued community enhancements including more restaurants, parks and trails.

Population growth trickles down into every aspect of the city, including the schools. Additions to Basehor-Linwood High School include a Career-Tech Education Center, focusing on pathways including construction, health science, web design visual arts and events and restaurant management. This building addition, as well as enhancements to other USD 458 schools, was funded by a bond issue passed by the residents of the school district two years ago.

“Basehor is a prime location and we are continuing to grow. I’m proud to have support from the community as a whole,” Breuer said. “We understand what our community is. It is a school district and we support the school district in every possible way we can.”

As with any growth, progress can be sometimes painful. Breuer says that the local city government makes sure that budget dollars are used correctly and that Basehor takes advantage of grants. The planning commission has studied traffic patterns. Connectivity and the safety of the community remain top priority.

Perhaps the most ambitious upcoming project includes creating a new 46-acre city campus that would encompass the mayor’s office and supporting groups, USD 458 school district offices and the Basehor Chamber of Commerce. The campus would also include a park, community center, amphitheater and city market. The project is currently in the request for proposal phase for architectural designs.