Wichita City Council http://kmuw.org en Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax http://kmuw.org/post/local-organization-critical-proposed-sales-tax <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:25:01 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37944 at http://kmuw.org Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses http://kmuw.org/post/city-wichita-acquire-10-new-buses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wichita City Council members approved the purchase of new city buses at Tuesday’s meeting. They will help update the transit system’s aging fleet.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A total of ten new buses will be coming from a California-based manufacturer. They will all be diesel powered.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:27:02 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37152 at http://kmuw.org City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses Wichita City Council Approves Proposed Sales Tax Referendum http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-city-council-approves-proposed-sales-tax-referendum <p class="p1">Members of Wichita’s City Council spent much of yesterday discussing a new sales tax that could be used to shore up the city’s water supply,&nbsp; encourage job growth and keep the transit system running for five more years.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Tuesday’s meeting marked the first step in funding some key areas of Wichita’s future. A proposed one-cent sales tax referendum, worth $398 million over five years, was approved by council members.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:39:44 +0000 Sean Sandefur 35100 at http://kmuw.org Wichita City Council Approves Proposed Sales Tax Referendum Wichita Public Works Talks Future Of City's Water Security http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-public-works-talks-future-citys-water-security <p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday afternoon Wichita’s Public Works &amp; Utilities Department gave a presentation on the future of water supply in the area. City Council members were in attendance and ideas concerning both conservation, as well as new sources of water, were discussed.</p><p></p><p>Wichita’s Public Works Director Alan King presented a power point demonstration about what could be done to sure up the city’s water supply until the year 2060. King’s model included five plans that he said take into consideration both effectiveness and the city’s budget.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:36:24 +0000 Sean Sandefur 32759 at http://kmuw.org Wichita Public Works Talks Future Of City's Water Security City Council Approves New Hotel Tax To Promote Tourism http://kmuw.org/post/city-council-approves-new-hotel-tax-promote-tourism <p>Wichita's City Council voted 7-0 yesterday to approve a new hotel tax to finance efforts to promote tourism and attract large events.</p><p>The 2.75 percent tax will apply for guests at hotels with more than 50 rooms.</p><p>The levy is expected to generate about 2 1/2- to- 3 million dollars a year.</p><p>The Council also approved the establishment of a tourism business improvement district yesterday.</p><p>Wichita officials say current promotional funding was growing slowly, and the city is facing strong competition from other cities to attract conventions and tourists.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:30:24 +0000 Associated Press 31701 at http://kmuw.org Lavonta Williams Appointed Chair Of National League Of Cities Committee http://kmuw.org/post/lavonta-williams-appointed-chair-national-league-cities-committee <p><a href="http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Council/Pages/District1.aspx">Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams </a>has been appointed to chair the 2014 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee of the National League of Cities.&nbsp;</p><p>The National League of Cities provides resources and advocates for 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the U.S.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:01:37 +0000 Kate Clause 28541 at http://kmuw.org Lavonta Williams Appointed Chair Of National League Of Cities Committee Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library? http://kmuw.org/post/why-does-wichita-need-new-downtown-library <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The changing role of libraries is evident across the country. With e-books and other emerging technologies, libraries continue to adapt to meet the needs of their patrons.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A master plan to build a new central library in downtown Wichita has been in the works for the last seven years. Funding for the $29 million facility is now up in the air with the Wichita City Council directing the library to seek out more private funds.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:17:51 +0000 Carla Eckels 22312 at http://kmuw.org Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library? City Council Takes No Action On Clinic Rezoning http://kmuw.org/post/city-council-takes-no-action-clinic-rezoning <p></p><p>The Wichita City Council has taken no action on efforts by abortion foes to use zoning laws to drive out a clinic that performs abortions. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:50:17 +0000 Associated Press 21894 at http://kmuw.org Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board http://kmuw.org/post/close-races-wichita-city-council-school-board <p><strong>Wichita City Council, District 1</strong></p><p>Incumbent city council member Lavonta Willams kept her seat, beating out Dave Thomas with 71 percent of the vote. Thomas had 28 percent of the vote.</p><p><strong>Wichita City Council, District 3</strong></p><p>James Clendenin grabbed the District 3 Wichita city council seat in a close race with Clinton Coen. Clendenin had 52 percent of the vote, Coen had 46 percent.</p><p><strong>Wichita City Council, District 6</strong></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:02:28 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 15115 at http://kmuw.org Where And When You Can Vote In The April Election http://kmuw.org/post/where-and-when-you-can-vote-april-election <p>Spring elections are drawing near and starting Wednesday the Sedgwick County Elections office will mail out advance voting applications.</p><p></p><p>Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the ballots will go out through March 29, the Friday before the election.</p><p>"We just ask when you fill out that application to be sure that you read the instructions and complete it so we don't have a delay in getting your ballot out to you," she says.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:55:13 +0000 Carla Eckels 14077 at http://kmuw.org Where And When You Can Vote In The April Election