Haysville residents on Tuesday narrowly voted in a one-cent retail sales tax earmarked for road maintenance and parks and recreation programs.
The proposal passed by a slim margin, with 51 percent voting yes, according to election returns posted Tuesday evening on the Sedgwick County Election Office’s website.
Proceeds from the tax are slated for projects in the city’s capital improvement plan. The city also hopes to expand some two-lane roads and add recreation programs, particularly for children and senior citizens, to its offerings.
“Yes” votes accounted for 284 ballots; 267 people voted no. Results are unofficial until canvassing is complete, but “there are not enough provisional ballots to make up that difference,” Sedgwick Couny Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said.
The new tax, initiated by the Haysville City Council, goes into effect July 1. It is estimated to raise nearly $500,000 annually over its 10-year life. The increase bumps the city’s sales tax rate up to 8.15 percent, with 6.15 percent collected by the state and 1 percent going to both Sedgwick County and the city of Haysville.
Of the town’s 5,783 registered voters, just over 550 turned out at the polls.
In other Sedgwick County elections Tuesday:
• Incumbent Terrence Spexarth bested challengers Shannon Gould and Sharon Scroggins in Colwich’s mayoral race, with 56 percent of the vote (162 ballots). Scroggins came in second with 101 votes; Gould received 18.
Of ballots candidates vying for the town’s two open at-large council seats, Stephanie Guy and Pamela Winegarner were the top vote-getters, but a write-in campaign could knock Winegarner out of the running. Guy earned favor with 30 percent of voters; Wingergarner earned 18 percent of votes cast. Write-in votes tallied 33 percent or 166 ballots.
Final results should be available after canvassing on Monday, Lehman said. About 502 people voted in the council race.
• Garden Plain City Council members Joe Fisher, Lena Grill and Paul McPhillips Sr. will retain their seats. Fisher earned 17 votes or 31 percent of ballots. Gill and McPhillips each received 14 votes or 25 percent of ballots cast. Nine people wrote in candidates.
Fisher and McPhillips were elected to their positions in 2012, according to the city’s website. Grill’s appointment came in 2013.