Stormwater Runoff Management

Location: Stormwater Engineer: Hours: Contact:
City Hall
701 N 7th St, Suite 715
Kansas City, KS
66101
Sarah White Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-5400 F: (913) 573-5435 E: Email

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.

The Unified Government Commission invites all residents of KCK to one of the following open houses:

  • September 25, 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Neighborhood Resource Center (4953 State Avenue)

  • October 9, 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Patricia "Diane" Kane Community Center (3130 N. 122nd)

  • October 23, 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center (2810 Metropolitan)

  • November 6, 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Beatrice L. Lee Community Center (1310 N. 10th)

If you are unable to attend one of these open houses, please use the following FAQ to learn more about the proposed change.


What is the purpose of the stormwater rate transition?
What is the mission of the stormwater program?
What does the stormwater system provide?
What does our community need?
Who pays for the program?
What are the program's challenges?
What are the solutions?
What are the benefits of change?
How much will this cost me?
Will there be fee reduction credit & appeals programs?
What's next?
Have questions?

Since December 2018, the Unified Government's stormwater rate transition proposal has evolved quite a bit based on community input.  This section contains copies of previous presentations, FAQS, and a list of the outreach staff has performed:
 
Where can I download copies of old presentations?
Presentations
  • To download a copy of the January 22, 2019, Stormwater Rate Transition presentation given to the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • To download a copy of the February 12, 2019, Stormwater Rate Transition presentation given to the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • To download a copy of the June 13, 2019, Stormwater Rate Transition presentation given to the Board of County Commissions, click here.
FAQs
  • To download a copy of the original (December 2018) Proposed Stormwater Rate Transition FAQ, click here
  • To download a copy of the alternative (February 2019) Proposed Stormwater Rate Transition FAQ, click here.
What community outreach has Public Works performed?