Six public meetings set to discuss proposed 1-cent sales tax

06/16/2014 5:46 PM

06/16/2014 5:46 PM

Wichitans will get a chance to voice their opinions on the city’s spending priorities and the possibility of a 1-cent sales tax at six public meetings that start Tuesday night.

The City Council voted last month to establish the city sales tax for five years. It would fund four areas: a new water source, jobs development, the city bus system and street maintenance.

The proposed tax is expected to generate nearly $400 million over the five years.

As part of the council’s vote, meetings for public input were requested. The council will review that input at a special meeting July 29, although no vote will be taken at that time.

The council is scheduled to vote on the matter Aug. 5. The deadline for a question to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot is Aug. 18.

All meetings are open to the public and start at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations:

• Tuesday, Avita Senior Living at Rolling Hills, 629 S. Maize
• Wednesday, Evergreen Recreation Center, 2700 N. Woodland
• June 23, Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, 2400 N. Opportunity Drive
• June 24, Osage Recreation Center, 2121 W. 31st St. South
• June 26, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Road
• June 30, Water Center, 101 E. Pawnee

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