Shawnee County OKs tax ballot question

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Shawnee County Commission has moved toward scheduling a countywide ballot question on extending a half-cent sales tax for 15 years.

The commission voted Monday to approve the proposed Nov. 4 ballot question.

The tax would raise an estimated $240 million to finance economic development, specific infrastructure projects and improvements at the Kansas Expocentre and Topeka Zoo.

Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed ballot question and an interlocal agreement with the city of Topeka that would extend the tax after its current expiration date of Dec. 31, 2016.

The proposals now go to the Topeka City Council. If the council approves the proposals, the measures would go back to the commission for final approval. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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