Proposed Tax Hike To Pay For Drainage Problems

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Would you be willing to pay more in sales tax if the county could fix all the flooding and drainage problems?

That's the question before county commissioners. The Stormwater Management Advisory Board has studied flooding problems in Sedgwick County over the last several years.

Today it released its findings to commissioners. Deputy director of public works Jim Weber says in order to fix drainage problems now and in the future the county needs to raise $10 million a year for 20 years. "The real focus is get ahead and to make sure new development goes in properly by making sure everyone plans together to handle the runoff," said Weber.

The board is recommending a 3/8 of a cent sales tax increase or a mill levy increase to pay for the projects. If the commission agrees, the question will be put on the ballot in 2012.

Would you be willing to pay additional tax for flood control improvements in Sedgwick County? Go to, scroll down the page to "Connect With Kake," and find the news poll to vote.

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