Brewing Storm over Charter Ordinance?

Topeka's close calls with tornadoes Thursday night still didn't stop Mayor Bill Bunten from meeting with most of the members of the "governing body." (That's the council plus the mayor.) He talked about problems with the charter ordinance switching to a city manager form of government, in a ballot initiative which may not have been constitutional under Kansas law. Bunten says the city could conceivably return to a "strong mayor" form of government, place the issue back on the ballot for another vote, or do nothing.. which could force a lawsuit over the issue.

It was Bunten's first discussion of the issue, since he went public about the charter ordinance problems last Thursday.

Bunten discussed budget plans with the five council members who were in attendance.. (Jeff Preisner, Brett Blackburn, Jack Woelfel and John Alcala were not there..) and pitched a city-wide sales tax increase to improve the city's infrastructure, among other things. Bunten told the council the sales tax increase would help lower the mill levy on Topeka property owners, if it's enacted.


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