Archive for Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Local voters heading to polls on Tuesday

March 30, 2005

On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to elect city council and school board members -- and to decide whether to extend the countywide one-cent sales tax for another 10 years.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Mirror will provide Election Day results after polls close on the newspaper's Web site: tonganoxiemirror.com.

¢ On pages 6A and 7A, city and school candidates with opposition answer questions. ¢ For election results, check The Mirror's Web site -- tonganoxiemirror.com -- after polls close Tuesday.

Voters in Tonganoxie will select from among five candidates for city council to fill three seats currently held by Kathy Graveman, Steve Gumm and Emmett Wetta. Gumm is the only one of the three seeking re-election. Other candidates are Robert Nickle, Jim Truesdell, Cecil Vinyard and Jason Ward.

In addition to choosing council members, voters will cast ballots for school board members. The only race for the school board is for the seat currently held by Bob DeHoff, who is being challenged for re-election by Brian Huseman. No one is challenging school board incumbents Kay Smith and Darlyn Hansen in Tuesday's election.

A question seeking approval for a 10-year extension of the one-cent countywide sales tax, which is set to sunset at the end of 2006, also will be before voters in Leavenworth County. Here's how Leavenworth County officials plan to use the county's portion of tax revenues, which are estimated at $2.79 million annually:

  • Construct roads to a proposed interchange on the Kansas Turnpike. Leavenworth County currently has no interchanges on the turnpike. The interchange itself would be financed by the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
  • Improve the road and bridges along Leavenworth County Road 5.
  • Improve Leavenworth County Road 8, which is Fairmount Road, between Kansas Highway 7 and County Road 5.
  • Finance improvements in the communication system for local emergency responders.
  • Additional road improvement projects.

Tonganoxie City Council members have said they want to use their share of the tax revenue -- estimated at $230,500 annually -- to finance capital improvements, equipment and public facilities.

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