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Salina Voters Okay Tax Hike

Jeff Garretson - May 10, 2016 1:59 pm

Salina residents used a mail-in ballot to okay a sales tax increase.

Unofficial results released Tuesday afternoon by the Saline County Clerks Office show the proposed sales tax passed with 6,216 yes votes to 5,350 opposing it.

Or 53.74-percent voted for the measure while 46.26-percent of ballots cast opposed the hike. The vote means a 35-cent increase for every $100 spent in Salina.

City leaders are hoping to use a portion of the newly passed sales tax for economic development in Salina.

“We’re not the community that’s going to write you a big check and especially if you’re from out of town and hope that it stays here,” said City Manager Jason Gage.

“Then the money leaves town and the business and the jobs leave town – we’re not really into that.”

Gage joined in on the KSAL Morning News with a break down of how the $9.35 million raised annually from the new tax rate would be used to improve neighborhood streets, fund capital projects and boost economic development.

“What we’ve said is that there are things that are important like land, buildings, training, utilities, roads, drainage. Things that stay in our town, those are assets. That’s what what we plan to focus on in the future.”

The plan also allocates $1.35 million for renewal projects on the Smoky Hill River and $600,000 for Salina Park facilities.

According to Saline County Clerk, Don Merriman, voter turnout was 40.39 percent in 35 precincts.

The new sales tax will be in effect for twenty years, from October of 2016 through September of 2036.

Keith Davis

May 11, 2016 at 3:58 am

How fair to all Salina Residents is the mail in ballot ? Does every household get a ballot to cast their vote ?

Melissa Hendricks

May 11, 2016 at 8:18 am

Keith…mail in ballots have been proven time and time again to be inaccurate representations of the majority vote for various reasons. The counts are not verified by anyone but the County Clerk and his staff, voters do not have assurance that the County receives their completed ballot, scanning errors, the list goes on and on. My husband changed his driver’s license and voter registration addresses to our current location almost 2 years ago and never received a ballot. I wonder how many other registered voters that happened to.

Kelly Grace

May 11, 2016 at 7:09 pm

“We’re not the community that’s going to write you a big check and especially if you’re from out of town and hope that it stays here,” said City Manager Jason Gage.

“Then the money leaves town and the business and the jobs leave town – we’re not really into that.”
So what you do is cater to your cronies and the 1% of Salina? It’s time for you to be terminated. And does anyone find it strange that all of Saline County registered voters did not receive an ballot to vote? Do you find it strange they only sent ballots to a targeted few residents by mapping who they would for sure vote yes?
And who was present, and who handled the ballots as they came in is there any missing? Where is the transparency to the tax payers? New Mayor you have a problem on your hands, and it needs to be resolved now.

Doug Clemens

May 12, 2016 at 12:07 am

Fraud Fraud Fraud by the clerk and those in that department, city commissioners and city manager. All need to be investigated for voter fraud and the results of this vote needs to be thrown out. People contact the state’s attorney generals office and request a complete investigation. Then lets get rid of the city manager and get someone in office that cares about Salina people not the rich and special interest groups. The city and school district both went to mail in ballots because they knew it can be abused and they can get the results they wanted. The school district got what they wanted now they want to put big screen scores boards at the school football fields using taxpayer money. The city has spent millions and millions of dollars on unneeded projects. There are few good paying jobs and rent costs are so high people are moving out of Salina. People that remain here are going out of town to buy major items so those business’s will soon close their doors and move on also. Anyone thinking about buying a house here should look at that because the values will be plunging in a few years after stores start closing and the population drops. If you care about Salina its time to do something.

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