(Topeka, KS)--After a marathon Topeka City Council session, council members decided to add a sales tax proposal to the April 2009 ballot, giving Topekans an opportunity to vote whether they want their tax dollars put toward fixing streets, gutters and other infrastructure.
Initially, council voted down two separate proposals that would put the one half of one percent tax question on the ballot. Perhaps realizing Tuesday was their final opportunity to get the issue on the April ballot, council revisited Bill Haynes' proposal.
Deborah Swank, who voted it down, asked for it to be reconsidered, then voted for the measure, which passed 6-to-3. It needed six votes to pass, which is why five votes were not enough, and also why Swank was legally allowed to ask for it to be reconsidered.
If approved by voters, the tax will take effect this October, and last for a period of 10 years. The money will not be able to be used for walking trails or bike paths.
Many people were on hand wearing LUV (Let Us Vote) buttons, asking the council to let them decide the fate of the tax issue.