Stormwater Open Houses

9/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Public Invited to Attend

The Unified Government is considering a change to the current stormwater fee.  The most recent proposal includes feedback from businesses and homeowners. Community feedback was clear – KCK needs a stormwater rate structure that is fair for all users, reduces frequent flooding risks, and adequately funds the maintenance & enhancement of stormwater infrastructure like inlets, culverts, underground pipes, and roadside ditches.
 
Many community members were surprised to learn that under the current structure, small properties and large properties pay the same $4.50 monthly user fee regardless of their total contribution to stormwater runoff.  The current fee structure is not just unfair for many homeowners and small businesses; it also fails to generate the funding needed to mitigate flooding risks, repairing failing stormwater infrastructure, and perform routine maintenance.
 
To address this disparity and the need for additional funds to repair and enhance stormwater management, the Unified Government is looking to implement a fee based on the amount of hard surface such as parking lots which creates more rain runoff. The new fee, as proposed, does not change the fee of $4.50 for the majority of residential property owners in KCK, in the first year.  
As the Unified Government Commission continues to study the change to the stormwater fee to better align with the rain runoff properties are creating, they would like more residents’ input on the proposed fee change. Residents are encouraged to attend one of the following open houses:

  • September 25th
    Neighborhood Resource Center (4953 State Avenue)
    5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • October 9th
    Patricia “Diane” Kane Community Center (3130 N. 122nd)
    5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • October 23th
    Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center (2810 Metropolitan)
    5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • November 6th
    Beatrice L. Lee Community Center (1310 N. 10th)
    5:00 – 7:00 PM

Notification of open houses was mailed to approximately 65,000 addresses via an article in the August/September edition of The Citizen. Additional event promotion via print and digital mediums will occur into November 2019.
 
Learn more about the Unified Government’s recommendation