Appeals court rules against public vote on Century II's future
The Kansas Court of Appeals today affirmed a District Court ruling that a public vote is not necessary to decide the future of Wichita's Century II performing center and downtown public library.
The "Save Century II" group started a petition to require any decision to demolish or replace Century II and the downtown public library building to be subject to the approval of a public vote of qualified voters in the City of Wichita.
The Appeals Court found Kansas law recognizes that residents can't use the petition process to to advance ordinances that are predominantly administrative in nature, and the Century II issue falls into this category.
The City of Wichita has adopted a policy that it will not tear down Century II or the former library building without first holding an advisory election to allow residents to speak on the issue.