As I write this column, the Bonner Springs city sales tax election has just passed and the Turner school district bond issue ballots have been mailed out.
Bonner Springs passed a sales tax issue on Oct. 7, with a vote of 759-560. It was a 34.7 percent turnout with a mail ballot, according to Frances Sheppard, assistant election commissioner. Fifty-seven percent of the voters supported the sales tax. The quarter-cent sales tax will be designated for capital improvements in Bonner Springs, and essentially replaces a sales tax coming off the aquatic center project.
The next election is Turner school district’s bond issue. Ballots were mailed to the district’s voters on Oct. 2, and are due back in the election commission office by noon Oct. 22, Sheppard said.
So far, by the close of business on Oct. 7, the election office already had received 989 ballots back from Turner. The ballots will be opened and counted on Oct. 22, Sheppard said.
Turner plans to use the $19.5 million bond issue for school safety upgrades to schools, a new Oak Grove Elementary School, a new cafeteria at Junction Elementary, updates to the school library and media centers for digital learning, as well as security, heating and cooling improvements to the Administrative Service Center, according to a news release from the district.
The bond issue will not result in a tax increase for residents, officials said, as existing bond payments are decreasing.
On the other election topic, former Mayor Joe Reardon has recently been the grand marshal of the Village West Rotary Parade of Heroes, has spoken at the Midtown MetroCenter bus ribbon-cutting and Cerner ribbon-cutting, accepted the award for Kansas City, Kan., at the Fiber to the Home Conference in Florida recently, and now is on the cover of the KC Business Magazine.
But, his assistant Pam Curtis assured me last weekend that the former mayor is not running for office. He personally just wants to spend more time with his family, Curtis said. He still enjoys talking about issues such as technology and healthy communities, she noted. He recently rejoined his former law firm, McAnany, VanCleave and Phillips.
At the Florida convention, Reardon participated in a panel discussion on extending broadband to local communities. Curtis said those at the convention were not just interested in extending ultra-fast fiber connections, they also were interested in the whole community engagement process and how to convince people in the community of its importance.
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