Wichita voters soundly reject 1-cent sales tax

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita voters said a loud “no” to a proposed 1-cent sales tax to pay for several city projects.

Unofficial results showed the issue was rejected Tuesday by a vote of 62 percent to 37 percent.

City officials had proposed the sales tax to raise $400 million to expand Wichita’s water supply, boost economic development, improve the city’s transit system and to upgrade street maintenance.

Opponents to the tax said the city did not offer a specific plan on how the money would be spent. They also said the city’s poor residents would be most severely hurt by the tax.

Mayor Carl Brewer said after the vote that the City Council will have to decide on the city’s priorities and how to find funds to provide those services.

 

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