Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2009

City Council approves revitalization revisions

January 15, 2009

Two revisions to Bonner Springs’ neighborhood revitalization property tax rebate plans will do much to benefit the city now and in the years to come, Mayor Clausie Smith said.

“The city doesn’t lose any money by this” Smith said. “The land will pay the same amount of taxes it is right now. However, five or six years down the road, we’re gonna get more money.”

The revisions were approved unanimously at Monday’s Bonner Springs City Council meeting.

Neighborhood Revitalization Plan 3 applies to the area bounded by Kansas Highway 7, 134th Street, Metropolitan Avenue and Interstate 70, as well as Canaan Center and the Lei Valley and Whispering Woods subdivision. Additionally, it will cover a triangle area bounded by State Avenue, K 7 and 130th Street. The plan will allow home or business owners to receive a 75 percent rebate on property taxes for two years and a 50 percent rebate for the final three years on newly constructed structures appraised at a minimum of $140,000.

A second revision, Plan 4, applies to properties in the Lake of the Forest area, as well as a wide area roughly encompassed by Metropolitan Avenue on the north and 130th Street on the west. Plan 4 is modeled much like Plan 3, except that it will cover renovations that raise the value of homes by at least 5 percent and businesses by at least 15 percent. In this case, the five-year rebates will only apply to the renovations and not the entire structure.

The new plans will take the place of existing Plans 1 and 2 when they expire in 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Since 2000, 62 properties had participated in Plans 1 and 2.

In other action Monday, the council:

• Approved, 6-1, the policy to set the maximum amount of grinder pumps within the Grandview Subdivision sewer system at 200. As there are already 105 pumps installed there, only 95 new pumps may be added.

• Heard a report from City Manager Jack Helin regarding the wish list for a proposed economic stimulus package created by the Mid-America Regional Council. Though the stimulus package proposed by the incoming presidential administration may not be approved until February, Helin said the city had submitted a list totaling $130 million in projects to MARC outlining what areas of infrastructure would best be benefited if funding was granted to Bonner Springs.

Helin also reported on the Loring service area’s reinstatement into the National Flood Insurance Program. As an unincorporated area in Wyandotte County, the Loring service area was suspended from the program in 1996.

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