Transit advisory board slates Friday sales tax meeting

The Wichita Transit advisory board will meet at 10 a.m. Friday to finalize a request for a dedicated transit sales tax.

The meeting is at the transit van maintenance facility at 777 E. Waterman.

Last week, the advisory board began work on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax that would raise at least $14 million annually for transit. The group plans to ask the Wichita City Council to put the sales tax on the November general election ballot.

Earlier this week, the council turned down a request from staff to cut two little-used bus routes and extend peak service wait times for riders to bridge a $500,000 shortfall in the 2012 transit budget. Instead, the council passed a series of program cuts to make up the deficit, including delaying the renovation of Kennedy Plaza at Century II, cutting neighborhood cleanups by 50 percent and small cuts in street maintenance.