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Support for tax cut has limits

A new SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, comes down on Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan's side on how deeply to cut the property-tax mill levy in the next budget. He proposes a 0.5-mill cut; at least two county commissioners want a 1.5-mill rollback. But 69 percent of the 500 county residents polled last week said it would not be worth cutting taxes an average $18 a year if it meant cutting jobs and programs, which Buchanan says it would. But even a 0.5-mill cut would have consequences; Buchanan's proposal to close the Kansas Coliseum and its pavilions is drawing public fire.