Future Of Shawnee Co.'s 1/2 Cent Sales Tax Weighed

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Nearly 100 Shawnee County residents filed in for Monday evenings town hall meeting to provide input on a possible extension to the County-Wide Half Cent Sales Tax set to expire in 2016, giving city and county leaders an idea of where to funnel future dollars.

"These decisions are made and really everything is going into the future and that's a positive. Sure people will have questions and concerns but many said they support this and it should be continued", said Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast.

There were over 25 public comments, many of which discussed the importance of economic development and improving attractions in Topeka like the Kansas Expocentre and Topeka Zoo.

Topekan Cherie Sage said, "I just wanted to convey to council members that there is so much more to the zoo than just a place where families can go. There is a lot of opportunities for education and it brings a quality of life for families."

After gauging the communities input, council members in attendance felt like they received the public's message loud and clear.

Topeka City Council Member Karen Hiller of District 1, said, "What we are seeing is that the public is responsive. Every person that got up and spoke seemed supportive of working on this and that is amazing."

The city council will take up discussion on the county wide half cent sales tax on Tuesday May 6th.