Topeka City Council Mulls Sales Tax Dollars

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

Topeka, KANSAS (WIBW) -- The Topeka City Council used a work session to discuss how and when to use the money that will come in from the one-half cent sales tax increase voters approved this past April.

The tax goes into effect in October, meaning the first payments won't come in until the last week of December, according to council member Deborah Swank. That means if the city waits until then to begin planning projects, Topekans may not see any work until mid 2010.

One option for the city is to use bonds to pay for work to start this fall, and pay them back after the sales tax money starts coming in. Swank says that would depend on the interest on the bonds.

The city staff is working on a general 10-year-plan, and a more specific three-year-plan, though the council will determine which projects receive priority -- and when they will begin.

Click the videos for raw, uncut interviews with councilmembers Swank and Larry Wolgast.


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