Government

Tonganoxie accepting goods for food drive
November 30, 2016
The city of Tonganoxie is accepting food in November to help fill Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at City Hall, 526 E. Fourth St.
Tonganoxie sales tax mail-in ballot question coming this winter
New developments with potential library locale, interlocal agreement and festivals
November 23, 2016
Tonganoxie will move ahead with a mail-in ballot for replacement of the 3/4-cent sales tax for Tonganoxie Water Park. The Council approved the final measure, 5-0, Monday, with ballots expected to be sent out in February.
Kansas Supreme Court to hear cases that led to ouster efforts
November 16, 2016
ow that Kansas voters have decided against removing any state Supreme Court justices, the court will turn its attention to cases involving education funding, capital punishment and abortion that led critics to try to remake the court. Efforts to remove four of the seven justices started with critics of past rulings that overturned death sentences in capital murder cases. The justices plan to hear arguments in December in the case of a man sentenced to die for killing his estranged wife and three other family members in northeastern Kansas. Abortion opponents and conservative Republicans also wanted to remove the justices ahead of major rulings on abortion and school funding cases.
High voter turnout leads to upsets, tight races
November 16, 2016
A strong voter turnout in Leavenworth County helped knock out some incumbents, while others barely were victorious on a night when the country was split in its choice for its 45th president. Leavenworth County had 60 percent turnout, according to County Clerk Janet Klasinski, though she noted that is a percentage of the total active and inactive voters. Inactive voters are those residents who have moved.
Tonganoxie City Council determines ballot question wording
November 11, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council has agreed on verbiage for a mail-in ballot question for a new 3/4-cent sales tax. The council approved, 5-0, wording for the ballot question. If voters approve the measure, it would replace the current 3/4-cent sales tax that has funded Tonganoxie Water Park. That 10-year tax is about to expire.
2016 ELECTION CENTRAL: Karleskint, Holland win races
November 8, 2016
Here’s a look at local election races:
Super Spooktacular
November 2, 2016
Friday was the annual Spooktacular event and, again this year, it didn’t seem to disappoint. According to organizer Monica Gee, children were really involved in games and the bounce house, getting into the whole event and “not just the candy.”
Ballot question debate moves along slowly; sign ordinance tabled; public hearing set
Public hearing set for Nov. 7
October 19, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council continues to determine what a ballot question might resemble as it looks to put the 3/4-cent sales tax extension to a public vote. A downsized council met Monday for its regular meeting, with Mayor Jason Ward and Council Members Chris Donnelly and Jim Truesdell absent.
Local candidates field questions at Eudora forum
October 17, 2016
Democratic House candidate Kara Reed proclaimed herself as the only “moderate” in the 42nd District House race Wednesday night, while her Republican opponent Jim Karleskint touted his credentials on education issues while labeling himself as a “fiscal conservative” who also opposes abortion.
Tonganoxie continues sales tax extension talks
Festival move alsod debated; city manager bids farewell
October 6, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council opted to move forward with putting the extension of the 3/4-cent sales tax for 20 years to a public vote. What the sales tax question exactly will say is still to be determined.
Tonganoxie Public Library officials talk building future with City Council
September 20, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library officials have been discussing expansion or the feasibility of building a new structure in some capacity for the last decade. In the past year, a library foundation was established to create a fundraising arm for new construction. With the 3/4-cent sales tax for Tonganoxie Water Park set to expire in a year, the Tonganoxie City Council is looking at the option of extending it, possibly 20 years.
Stein makes presidential ballot in Kansas
August 31, 2016
Topeka — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has earned a spot on the presidential ballot in Kansas, although she will be listed as an independent candidate.
Still aging: Kansas wine industry without key designation
August 22, 2016
The first of this season’s grapes in the vineyards of local wineries were picked in recent days and the rest will be harvested in the busy weeks ahead.
Current, retired educators from Tonganoxie square off in general election
Reed, Karleskint prepare for November showdown
August 18, 2016
With the primary elections behind them, local candidates in Kansas House races are now turning their attention to the general election ahead. Two members of the Lawrence-area delegation, Democratic Reps. John Wilson and Boog Highberger, can relax through November. They had no challengers in either the primary or general elections. But the remaining candidates will have to work for their seats in a year when, based on the primary election results, many voters are saying they want state government to move in a different direction.
Tonganoxie’s 2007 budget gets final OK
No residents speak during public hearing
August 17, 2016
Tonganoxie has approved its 2017 budget. No residents spoke during the budget hearing at Monday’s City Council meeting, so the council voted, 5-0, shortly later. The 2017 rate is .62 of a mill higher than the current 2016 rate (44.179) to accommodate Tonganoxie Public Library’s proposed .62 increase for employee benefits.

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