Costly pipe repairs put Shawnee in a pinch

Two recent failures of Shawnee’s stormwater pipes have blown through much of the city budget for pipe repair, causing city council members to ask themselves whether higher taxes are needed to sustain the aging pipe system.

Council members are at the beginning of a discussion on whether the city’s current stormwater funding can sustain a stormwater system in which over half of the corrugated metal pipes are close to or exceed their 35-year lifespan.

The option recommended by the city’s public works staff calls for increasing the stormwater utility fee charged to property owners from $36a year to $84 a year and adding 3 mills to property taxes.

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