Fairway residents vote on proposed sales tax increase to raise money for public works

Ballots due Tuesday

FAIRWAY, Kan. - Fairway residents are deciding on a proposed half-cent sales tax increase.

The money raised would go toward multiple things. The city says it wants to improve the swimming pool and build a new public works facility.

"They are operating out of a facility that is undersized and needs improvements," City Administrator Kathy Axelson said.

Both of them were built in the 1950s. The city would issue a bond of up to $3,950,000. Some of the money would go toward a new bathhouse.

The vote is by mail; ballots must reach the Johnson County Election Office by noon Tuesday in order to be counted.

"We wanted to move this forward as quickly as possible," Axelson said. "That's why we went with the mail ballot election, so we are hoping we get a very good response and return rate on the ballots."

If the voters approve the increase, the sales tax would rise to 9.375 percent. It would start on October 1 or as soon as it legally can, and would end 20 years after it begins.

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