Mayor backs school bond issue

Mayor Mark Holland put his support behind the $235 million bond issue for the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools at Thursday night’s Unified Government meeting.

“Our kids deserve the best possible education in the best possible facilities,” Mayor Holland said.

Economic development depends on the quality of the schools, he said.

“When we have quality schools, it increases the property values of all the residential property around it,” Mayor Holland said. “It increases the value in our community and the ability to provide services. This is a win-win for us. To be able to do it with a zero-tax increase is big.”

He made his remarks after Superintendent Cindy Lane spoke about the $235 million bond issue on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Lane said under this proposed bond issue, taxes would not increase, four new schools would be built, security features would be added to schools, several new kitchens would be planned for schools, some playground improvements will be made, and repairs would be done at all schools. Taxes would not increase because this bond issue would replace the bond issue passed 15 years ago to air-condition schools. The bonds for air-conditioning the schools are expiring.

Mayor Holland also said that it is important for people to vote to retain the Supreme Court justices in this election, and not politicize the offices. There is a conservative campaign against retaining some of the justices.

There was support from several individual commissioners for the school district’s bond issue. Commissioner Hal Walker, a former UG attorney, asked UG Attorney Ken Moore to research if the commission could legally vote to endorse the school district bond issue.

Walker said he was personally in favor of the bond issue. Also offering encouragement were Commissioner Mike Kane and Commissioner Jane Philbrook.

The school district’s bond issue also has received endorsements from political action groups of the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce, Tri-County Labor Council and Kansas City, Kan., National Education Association.

BPU bond issue approved

In other action, the UG Commission approved a $62 million Board of Public Utilities bond issue. Several improvements are listed for the bond issue. Also approved was $53 million in utility system refunding revenue bonds, which will refinance existing bonds.

Commissioner Mike Kane asked for a meeting between the UG and BPU. A meeting may be held in a few weeks to discuss an ordinance on telecommunications state law changes, and that will affect which utilities are underground, according to UG officials. Mayor Holland said he anticipates a discussion about whether Leavenworth Road will have utilities underground.

Kane said he would like the UG and BPU to have a discussion together, and he wants to hear the concerns of the BPU board.

For an earlier story on the school district bond issue, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/kckps-235-million-bond-issue-wont-increase-taxes-officials-say/#comment-187645.

For an earlier story about the BPU bond issue, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/ug-commission-to-consider-62-million-bpu-bond-issue-other-items-thursday/ or http://wyandottedaily.com/bpu-approves-62-million-bond-issue-for-utility-improvements/

Boot block collection for Capt. Melton’s family

A firefighter today collected funds for police Capt. Robert (Dave) Melton's family, at the intersection of 78th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. Capt. Melton died in the line of duty. Boot block collections are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various intersections in Kansas City, Kan. The boot block collection was by the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, in conjunction with the International Association of Firefighters Local 64.
A firefighter today collected funds for police Capt. Robert (Dave) Melton’s family, at the intersection of 78th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. Capt. Melton died in the line of duty. Boot block collections are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various intersections in Kansas City, Kan. The boot block collection was by the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, in conjunction with the International Association of Firefighters Local 64.

Voter registration closes Oct. 18

Time is running out to register to vote for the Nov. 8 general election.

The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Kansas.

The Wyandotte County Election Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and weekdays at 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., for walk-in voter registration.

To check to see if you are registered to vote, go to the Voter View website at https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/.

The Voter View website also has the location and address of your polling place. There is also a sample ballot on the Voter View site.

The phone number for the Wyandotte County Election Office is 913-573-8500 and the email address is election@wycokck.org.

Online voter registration is offered at https://www.kdor.ks.gov/Apps/VoterReg/.

Kansas residents with a current Kansas driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card may register to vote online. If they are already registered, they can update their registration to report a change of address or change of name. Kansas asks for a document to prove citizenship, such as a birth certificate, for first-time voters.

El Centro will sponsor a Get Out the Vote Rally with voter registration booths from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at El Rio Bravo Supermarket, 11 S. 10th St., Kansas City, Kan. It will be a family-friendly event with food and music.