As 62 percent of Wichita voters killed a citywide sales tax that would have funded economic development and other priorities, 65 percent of Shawnee County voters approved a 15-year extension of the half-cent sales tax that helped Topeka attract a $270 million Mars candy plant and other employers. The renewal also assures funding for the Kansas Expocentre, the Topeka Zoo, and transportation projects. The winning campaign message was “Vote Jobs. Vote Roads. Vote Zoo. Vote Yes.” – Rhonda Holman
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