Council Approves Fee Hike For Downtown Topeka Businesses

Topeka City Council members voted Tuesday night to approve an increase in service fees for downtown businesses.

David Starkey (City of Topeka photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Downtown businesses will pay a higher fee for services.

Topeka City Council members voted Tuesday night to approve the increase. Tenants in Topeka's Downtown Business Improvement District pay the city a fee for services including maintenance, trash cleaning and marketing.

The ordinance approved Tuesday establishes a $60 annual fee for previously-exempt businesses smaller than 1,000 square feet. Larger businesses also see a hike, with the maximum annual assessment raised from $12,000 to $13,000.

Also Tuesday, City Manager Jim Colson announced City Attorney David Starkey is retiring. The move is effective April 2.

Starkey has served as city attorney since November 2011.

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