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Archive for Wednesday, November 4, 1992

COUNTIES SPLIT ON TAX MEASURES

November 4, 1992

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Voters in two surrounding counties faced a sales tax increase Tuesday to generate money for health-care needs.

The measure passed in Franklin County, but went down in defeat in Leavenworth County.

Franklin County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase, which will bring the countywide sales tax total, including the state sales tax, to 6.45 percent.

Voters cast 5,977 yes ballots and 3,325 no votes. Of the 11,270 registered voters in the county, 9,907 or about 88 percent turned out to vote.

The sales tax increase is expected to raise about $650,000 a year earmarked for Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.

Bob Bregant, hospital administrator, said the short term use of the money will be to help the hospital retire debts it has accumulated over past years. In the long term, the money will fund new programs and projects at the hospital, he said.

"We don't have any specific ideas in mind yet," Bregant said.

Leavenworth County voters also cast their ballots for a proposed sales tax earmarked for health care, but defeated it 12,072 to 9,755.

The quarter-cent tax would have generated an estimated $660,000 a year for nursing homes, health departments, home health care, mental health care, and city and county health clinics. The total sales tax would have varied based on the cities' current taxes. In Tonganoxie, the total sales tax would have been 6.15 percent.

Of the county's 26,157 registered voters, 23,313 or 89 percent voted.

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