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Monday, July 28, 2014

Peterjohn will seek second term as Sedgwick County commissioner

Hurst Laviana
The Wichita Eagle

Vowing to continue his drive to give voters more control over the amount of property taxes they pay, Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn announced Friday that he will seek a second term in office.

In making the announcement at the Bank of America Building, Peterjohn said he was proud of his work over the past three years to keep the population at the Sedgwick County Jail down and make county government spending more transparent.

“Since I was elected in 2008, I have worked hard to keep this community safe at as reasonable a cost as possible,” he said. “The population of the county jail is well below the number when I became a commissioner, and lower cost alternatives for keeping this community safe are now being used.

“The county checkbook is now online. Sedgwick County taxpayers can now get detailed information about the spending of their tax dollars by individual county employees, including me, but also including all of the elected county officials and detailed budget spending by each individual department. I believe open checkbooks and this achievement need to occur at all levels of Kansas government.”

He said the data is available at https://ssc.sedgwick county.org/checkbook/default.aspx.

Peterjohn, the former executive director of the Kansas Taxpayers Network, said he studying Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to stimulate economic growth in the state by reducing personal income taxes.

“Anything that will give us a leg up in trying economic times is a positive,” he said. “Obviously, the big thing we’re concerned about at the county level is property tax.”

Peterjohn, 61, the first declared candidate for the Commission’s 3rd District seat, said he was gathering signatures for a nominating petitoon for the Aug. 7 primary election ballot. He lives in west Wichita with his wife and two children.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com

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