Yes Wichita group forms to support sales tax proposal

08/21/2014 6:56 AM

08/21/2014 6:56 AM

A new group has formed in support of the proposed 1-cent city sales tax that will be on the November ballot.

Yes Wichita will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at 610 N. Main for the public and the media.

“As we saw this issue come together over the last year and a half, several people from the community – a broad base of people – started talking and seeing this as a crossroads moment for the community,” said Jon Rolph, co-chair of Yes Wichita and president of Kasnak Management.

Rolph also served as chair of Visioneering Wichita.

The proposed sales tax would collect about $400 million over five years. It would help pay for a new water source, public transit, street maintenance and repair and job development.

Last month, a group called the Coalition for a Better Wichita formed in opposition to the sales tax. That group’s organizers say they mainly oppose the nearly $80 million job development portion of the sales tax.

On Monday, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to support the proposed sales tax.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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