City to vote on residency requirement
Tonganoxie voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for a special election to determine residency requirements for the city clerk.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 703 S. River, and at the 4-H Building at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
Voters will be asked whether to approve a charter ordinance that would allow the city clerk to live in Leavenworth County and surrounding counties. Currently, the clerk's residency is limited only to Leavenworth County.
Tonganoxie City Council members approved the ordinance in January that would relax the residency requirements for the clerk. That ordinance was challenged by a protest petition signed by local registered voters and submitted by Jean Lenahan, a downtown business owner.
Kathy Bard, who was hired as Tonganoxie city clerk in November, lives in DeSoto. She is a former deputy DeSoto city clerk.
According to City Administrator Chris Clark, it was Bard who discovered that an earlier charter ordinance required that the clerk live in Leavenworth County.
It's not certain exactly how much the special election will cost the city. Leavenworth County Clerk Linda Scheer has estimated it would be in the $1,400 range. The price tag includes the cost of printing ballots, workers' salaries and other election-related expenses.