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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Ballots to arrive next week

  • Mail ballots for a sales tax referendum should start showing up in the mailboxes of Leavenworth voters next week.
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    • Dates to remember
      City of Leavenworth voters are to start receiving mail ballots for a 1-cent sales tax referendum next week.

      Here are key dates for the election:

      • Tuesday: Vo...
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      Dates to remember
      City of Leavenworth voters are to start receiving mail ballots for a 1-cent sales tax referendum next week.
      Here are key dates for the election:
      • Tuesday: Voter registration deadline.
      • Wednesday: Voters begin receiving ballots.
      • Noon Feb. 4: Deadline for voters to have ballots returned to Leavenworth County Clerk's Office.
  • Mail ballots for a sales tax referendum should start showing up in the mailboxes of Leavenworth voters next week.
    Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski, the county's election officer, said her office will be mailing the ballots Tuesday, and voters should begin receiving them the following day.
    The ballots have to be returned to the County Clerk's Office by noon Feb. 4.
    The ballots will contain a single question, asking voters whether they approve of a proposed 1-cent sales tax increase for the city of Leavenworth.
    The sales tax increase is being proposed as a way to reduce the city's property tax rate.
    City officials estimate the additional revenue from the sales tax could result in property taxes from the city being reduced by as much as 40 percent.
    Leavenworth is said to have the second highest property tax rate among Kansas cities with the "first class" designation.
    Leavenworth municipal government already has mailed a flier to residents with information about the sales tax referendum.
    Klasinski said the flier has caused confusion among some recipients.
    The back of the flier includes information about signing the ballot's return envelope and filling out an affidavit of assistance.
    Klasinski said some people apparently believe they need to sign the brochure and mail it to her office to receive a ballot.
    She said ballots will be mailed automatically to everyone who is registered to vote in the city of Leavenworth. Tuesday is the last day to register before the election.
    "They don't have to request a ballot," she said.
    Klasinski said a voter should only request a ballot if it needs to be mailed to a special address, such as in the case of a Leavenworth resident who is away attending college.
    The mail ballots will arrive with yellow return envelopes.
    "The postage is already paid," Klasinski said.
    With the use of mail ballots, Klasinski is expecting a larger voter response for the sales tax referendum than in traditional elections.
    She hopes for voter turnout to be between 60 and 65 percent.
    Anyone who doesn't receive a ballot should call the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office at 684-0421 or 684-0419.
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