Posted: Tuesday, 05 August 2014 1:27PM
Wichita: Penny Sales Tax Vote in November
WICHITA - Citizens will be voting in November on whether to implement a one-cent sales tax increase. The decision came at Tuesday's city council meeting.
After about an hour-and-a-half of hearing from the public, the council voted 6-1, putting the sales tax question on the November ballot. The money raised over five years would be used to support water, roads, transit, and a jobs fund.
The lone dissenting vote was Council member Jeff Longwell: "I think there's more tweaks to be made. So I am not in the camp that says 'no', I think it's critical. I am just concerned that we do need a little more time."
Longwell also worried that the sales tax would be overshadowed by the candidate races on the November ballot.
Council-member Lavonta Williams voted among the majority, saying it was time to do something different, after the loss of 30,000 jobs in the community during the past several years: "I've got to look at a different way for people to obtain jobs. I've got to see if there's some entry-level jobs. I've got to see if there's the training that is needed. I've got to see if we have the infrastructure that is available, and in many cases, I would have to say, no. I look at our transit, and it's been broken for a long time."