City to swear in Dale, discuss filings for April 2 ballot

1/12/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Tuesday's Garden City Commission meeting will begin with the swearing in and seating of new Commissioner Melvin Dale, who was appointed last week to fill John Doll's term until the April 2 city elections.

The city commission will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the commission room on the second floor of the City Administrative Center, 301 N. Eighth St.

Dale, a retired fire investigator, also intends to run for election to the commission this year. Three seats will be open, including the one filled by Dale's appointment, as well as the positions currently held by Mayor David Crase and Commissioner Chris Law. Crase is not running for re-election and Law has not decided if he will run again.

People interested in running for city commission have until noon Jan. 22 to fill out forms and pay a $45 filing fee with the city clerk's office to appear on the April 2 ballot.

The commission consists of five members, all of whom are elected at large. Three commission seats are up for election in odd numbered years. The candidates with the two highest vote totals are elected to four-year terms, while the third highest vote getter is elected to a two-year term.

Another election-related issue that could appear on the ballot in April will be discussed on Tuesday when the commission talks about asking voters to reauthorize an existing half-cent sales tax for property tax stabilization and transportation improvements.

Voters authorized the tax initially in 1994 to address road repair and maintenance, then reauthorized the tax in 2005 for another 10 years to help reduce the city mill levy in addition to financing transportation improvements. This April's election would be the last time to put a reauthorization on the ballot without a special election before adopting the 2015 budget.

In 2012, the half-cent sales tax generated $2.75 million.

Other items on Tuesday's agenda include:

* A resolution in support of the Windsor Hotel historic rehabilitation project.

* Consideration of entering into an interlocal agreement with Southwest Kansas Local Environmental Planning Group.

* An ordinance establishing a comprehensive set of building codes and standards, updating the 2003 building codes to the 2009 building codes.

* A resolution concerning proposed Rural Housing Incentive Districts.

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