Government

Mathematician not optimistic about suit seeking ballot audit
August 23, 2015
A Wichita State University mathematician says she’s not optimistic that she’ll win her lawsuit seeking ballot information so she can perform an audit of the 2014 election.
Tonganoxie City Council gives final approval for 2016 budget
Architect selected for potential police plans
August 19, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council has given final approval for its 2016 budget. The council approved the budget Monday after a public hearing on the matter during the council’s regular meeting. Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year.
Tonganoxie City Council still mulling police stations
City buys former post office for offices
August 5, 2015
The Tonganoxie police station is expected to be moving, but where exactly that will be continues to be a point of contention. The council continued its ongoing discussion about the department headquarters’ future at Monday’s meeting. At the previous meeting, the council approved pursuing an existing building to repurpose.
25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions
July 26, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act is monumental in scope, intended to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and enable them to participate fully in the workforce and their communities. Its protections, which now cover an estimated 55 million Americans, extend to five key areas: employment, state and local government facilities and services, public accommodations, telecommunications, and transportation.
Tonganoxie City Council OKs proposed 2016 budget
Mill levy is lower, but sewer rates will increase
12:30 p.m., July 21, 2015 Updated 05:43 p.m.
Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year. The Tonganoxie City Council discussed the budget for a final time before the budget is published in The Mirror for the public’s review.
Tonganoxie City Council hears preferences for new police station
July 16, 2015
As the Tonganoxie City Council decides how to proceed with a new police station, citizens — and police officers — weighed in on their preferences. The council had a public forum Monday in council chambers with about 25 attending.
USD 464 LOB authority hike fails to pass
July 8, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote. The deadline for the mail-ballot election was June 30.
Mitchell appointed to Kansas’ 18th Judicial District
July 7, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a Wichita lawyer to serve as a district judge for Kansas’ 18th District Court.
Tonganoxie City Council eyes former post office, to have public forum on police station July 13
July 1, 2015
Tonganoxie city officials will look into purchasing what once was the downtown post office for new city hall. The council met Monday in a special meeting to discuss the prospects of moving city offices to the former post office, which currently is Tan Time.
Tonganoxie USD 464 voters say no to budget authority increase
June 30, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote.
City budget suggestions cause conflict on Shawnee council
June 29, 2015
New City Council Member Eric Jenkins has proposed some changes to the city’s department structure and budget as the city wraps up its 2016 budget session, which caused some backlash from other members of the council.
Tonganoxie USD 464 ballot deadline is June 30
June 18, 2015
Tonganoxie voters have about two weeks left to cast their mail-in ballots in the special Tonganoxie USD 464 local option budget election. Voters will decide whether to give the school board authority to increase the local option budget from 30 percent to 33 percent. Ballots were sent out last week and are due back to the Leavenworth County Courthouse by noon June 30.
Governor signs bill on $25 withdrawal for welfare recipients
June 16, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that allows the state to change controversial limits on the amount of money welfare recipients could withdraw from ATMs.
Tonganoxie group hopes for ‘yes’ vote in mail ballot election
June 10, 2015
About 10 Tonganoxie area residents gathered at a local residence Friday night to discuss politics. The discussion centered at times on what’s happening in Topeka, but the focus for this group was and continues to be hyperlocal — the state of school funding.
O’Brien: Broken funding formula and necessary corrections
May 12, 2015
I would like to start by saying that I have supported increased education funding at every opportunity since I first was elected in 2008. Last April, I supported the bill that put an additional $126.2 million into schools statewide for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.

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