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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Countywide sales tax election scheduled for early 2015

  • A date has been chosen for a special election in which Leavenworth County voters will be asked to renew a 1-cent sales tax for 10 years.
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    • Monday's meeting

      The Leavenworth County Commission met Monday and took up the following business:


      • Authorized the Leavenworth County Public...

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      Monday's meeting

      The Leavenworth County Commission met Monday and took up the following business:



      • Authorized the Leavenworth County Public Works Department to advertise and open bids for a new lift station for Sewer District No. 2.



      Buildings and Grounds Director Trevor Huhn said the lift station will replace one located on Metro Avenue in southeast Leavenworth County.



      It's estimated the new lift station will cost about $150,000.



      Huhn said the project will be paid for with money from sewer service assessments from Sewer District No. 2's budget.



      • Postponed taking action on the purchase of eight copiers. County Administrator Pat Hurley said the issue was delayed due to a change in bidding.

  • A date has been chosen for a special election in which Leavenworth County voters will be asked to renew a 1-cent sales tax for 10 years.
    Officials plan to use mail ballots for the Feb. 3, 2015 election instead of asking voters to come to the polls.
    Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski said this will be the largest mail ballot election the county has ever had.
    The Leavenworth County Commission voted last week to schedule the special election.
    Voters throughout the county will be asked to extend a countywide sales tax that is set to expire at the end of 2016. The 1-cent sales tax provides money to county government as well as the incorporated cities in the county.
    "It's something that helps everyone in Leavenworth County," County Commission Chairman Bob Holland said.
    The sales tax generated more than $7 million in tax revenue in 2013. Of that amount, $2.87 million was distributed to county government and $2.57 million went to the city of Leavenworth.
    The city of Lansing received $802,983.
    The countywide sales tax was first approved by voters in 1996, and then extended 10 years later.
    Elected officials from the county and cities have been asked to identify projects that would be funded with sales tax revenue if the tax is renewed for an additional 10 years. Officials also have been asked to identify people who may help campaign for renewing the tax.
    County Administrator Pat Hurley said officials from the cities indicated they should have the work finalized by mid-August.
    Leavenworth city commissioners are scheduled to talk about possible sales tax projects tonight.
    City Manager Scott Miller has prepared a list of possible projects. The list includes a weapons range for the Leavenworth Police Department, replacement of the Leavenworth Fire Department Station No. 3 and increasing funding for repaving streets by an additional $500,000 per year.
    Leavenworth County commissioners have not decided what projects they would fund with the sales tax revenue, but they have discussed some ideas including the construction of a new county annex.
    Klasinski said the County Commission still will need to pass a resolution officially calling for a special election.
    "I'll get all of that ready for them," she said.
    Because the election will utilize mail ballots, Feb. 3 will be the deadline for returning the ballots.
    The county clerk said the ballots will be mailed to voters 20 days before the deadline.
    Klasinski said there about 43,000 voters in the county who will be sent ballots.
    "I've never done a countywide mail ballot election," she said.
    Holland said county commissioners want to utilize a mail ballot election because they believe it will result in a better response from voters.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It comes in the mail," he said. "They have time to sit down and read it."

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