ELECTION 2014: Wichita's proposed sales tax would benefit roads

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Voters in Wichita, Kan., will decide next month on an effort to raise $400 million for various accounts to fund city projects that include road repairs.

The citywide ballot will include a question about whether to impose a one-cent local sales tax for the next five years to get needed work done. Currently, the city of Wichita does not collect a local sales tax.

The biggest chunk of revenue, $250 million, would pay for new water resources.

Nearly $28 million would be used for street maintenance and repairs. The city estimates that about 1,000 lane miles of roads are in need of major fixes.

Another $40 million would go for expanding Wichita’s transit and bus service. The other $80 million would be used for job development.

Opponents say that voters should have been given the opportunity to vote for each issue separately instead of all at once.

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