Andover sales tax passes easily

ANDOVER — Andover voters today overwhelmingly approved a plan to raise the city sales tax rate 1 percent to pay for a new $3.6 million city hall.

In another Butler County race, two Republican candidates for a seat on the Butler County Commission finished their race in a dead heat. The race may be decided by a coin flip.

The Andover sales tax plan was approved by 75 percent of voters who cast ballots.

Had voters rejected the proposal, Andover property owners would have been forced to pay a 3-mill increase, or $69 a year on a $200,000 home, to pay for the project.

City officials said the four-year sales tax would save $3 million in interest the city would have had to pay on a 20-year loan.

In the Republican primary race for the District 5 seat on the Butler County Commission, incumbent Daniel Woydziak and Steve Scholtz each collected 890 votes.

Election officials said the race may be decided when provisional ballots are opened Monday during a canvass of the vote. If the race remains a tie, they said, a coin flip would be needed to decide the winner.

No Democrats filed for the seat.

In the race for District Court judge, Butler County Attorney Jan Satterfield had an early lead over Andover lawyer Terry Huelskamp. The winner of the primary will run unopposed in the November general election. The judge will preside over Butler, Greenwood and Elk counties.