When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners heard complaints from local business owners regarding fees for a maintenance program for the city's stormwater system.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners heard complaints from local business owners regarding fees for a maintenance program for the city's stormwater system.

Commissioners reached a consensus to revisit the fee structure for the program during a future meeting.

The fees, which were approved last year, appear on annual property tax bills.

Currently, the city charges an annual fee of $84 per year for each single family residential home. The city also charges $84 for each unit in apartment complexes.

Fees for commercial properties range from $162 to $3,125 per year depending on the size of buildings. Fees for industrial properties range from $337 to $3,125 depending on the size of buildings.

John Denney addressed commissioners as an agent of the Pin Oak Acres Apartments.

He said the complex has 152 apartments. He said stormwater fees for the 152 units total $12,768.

"And this is not a one-time fee but an annual fee," he said.

He noted a hotel, which is charged under the city's commercial rates, will not be charged more than $3,125 per year.

"Something is not right," Denney said. "It doesn't seem fair."

He argued apartment complexes should not be charged more than $3,125 per year.

David Drake, co-owner of Homestead Greenhouse, asked if city officials have looked at where cuts can be made in the city's operations to pay for repairs to the stormwater system.

Phil Urban, former city commissioner and local business owner, said there are ways to apply the fees more proportionately. He argued city officials need to take into consideration what are known as impervious surface areas of properties.

Urban argued the existing fee structure was hastily put together.

But Commissioner Mark Preisinger disagreed.

"We discussed this through 22 meetings," he said.

He said commissioners wrestled with the issue.

Preisinger said he believes the commission needs to change the fee charged to apartment buildings.

"I'm not in favor of redoing the whole thing," he said.

But Commissioner Larry Dedeke said he also wants to look at the fees charged to commercial properties.

City Manager Paul Kramer asked commissioners if they also want to revisit the fees for industrial properties.

Mayor Jermaine Wilson said there was a consensus for reviewing the fees for all property categories except single family homes.

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