Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Agreement to Be Considered for Use of Countywide Sales Tax Revenue ; Vote Also Planned on Contract to Renovate Future Health Clinic Site

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Agreement to Be Considered for Use of Countywide Sales Tax Revenue ; Vote Also Planned on Contract to Renovate Future Health Clinic Site

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Local governing bodies plan this coming week to consider matters regarding a countywide sales tax and the future home of Shawnee County's primary health clinic.

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th, while the Topeka City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

Commissioners plan to consider authorizing Commission Chairwoman Shelly Buhler to send letters to the county legislative delegation expressing strong opposition to a tax lid on local municipalities the Kansas Legislature approved last year.

The commission also plans to consider entering into contracts:

- With Shirley Construction, arranging for the county to pay $1,182,568 to renovate the building the county bought in July at 2600 S.W. East Circle Drive to serve as the site of its primary health clinic. The site is just west of S.W. 2nd and MacVicar Avenue.

- With Schmidtlein Excavating, Inc., setting a guaranteed maximum price of $659,600 for the county to pay to make improvements to ball fields at Dornwood/Robinson Family Park, 2801 S.E. 25th.

- With the Union Pacific Railroad, arranging for the county to pay $5,345 for right-of-way access and $8,524 to cover costs to relocate signal meter service at the Willard Bridge. The county intends to replace the bridge, which is located along the county's western edge on N.W. Carlson Road, about 2.7 miles north of Interstate 70.

Topeka's governing body, consisting of the nine council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, plans to consider approving the current version -- which it has revised numerous times -- of a proposed interlocal agreement spelling out how the city and county would use revenue from a 15-year extension of a countywide, half-cent sales tax.

The revised version can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1SrDCv5.

Shawnee County voters approved a ballot question Nov. 6, 2014, extending for 15 years -- from Jan. 1, 2017, until Dec. 31, 2031 -- the current countywide, half-cent sales tax used to raise revenue for economic development and infrastructure improvements. …

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