Elections

Andover voters OK 1-cent sales tax increase

Andover voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a plan to raise the city sales tax rate by 1 cent 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 ended in a virtual dead heat.

The Andover sales tax plan was approved by 74 percent of voters. The new tax rate will be 8.55 percent and will last for four years.

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.

In the Republican primary race for the District 5 seat on the Butler County Commission, incumbent Daniel Woydziak had 891 votes and challenger Steve Scholtz had collected 895 votes.

Election officials said the race may be decided Monday when provisional ballots are counted during a canvass of the vote. If the race ends in a tie, they said, a coin flip will be needed to decide the winner.No Democrats filed for the seat.

In the race to replace a retiring district court judge for Butler, Greenwood and Elk counties, Butler County Attorney Jan Satterfield was easily leading three other candidates in the Butler County returns.

Satterfield collected 43 percent of the Butler County vote compared with 31 percent for Andover lawyer Terry Huelskamp, 13 percent for Augusta Municipal Judge James Murfin and 13 percent for Greenwood County counselor Paul Dean.

In the Republican primary for the 3rd District seat on the Sumner County Commission, Cliff Bales led two challengers with three-fourths of the precincts counted. Bales had 45 percent of the vote while Randy Wyckoff had 32 percent and Stan Burdett had 23 percent.

In the race for the 1st District seat on the commission, Steve Warner collected 73 percent of the vote and had a comfortable lead over Garey Martin, who had 27 percent.

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