Archive for Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Three local races highlight election

October 30, 2002

The races for governor and attorney general are bound to overshadow the local elections Tuesday, Nov. 5, but several issues should have an impact on Basehor and Linwood residents.

Voting begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Basehor residents can vote at Basehor-Linwood High School and Linwood residents can vote at the Linwood Community Building.

Three decisions should have an impact on Basehor and Linwood voters:

the race for first district Leavenworth County Commission seat between current commissioner Don Navinsky and Leavenworth businessman J.C. Tellefson.

a ballot question on whether Leavenworth County should hire a county administrator.

a one-cent sales tax referendum in the city of Linwood, which would fund water related issues.

Basehor and Linwood residents can't vote on the race for county commissioner first district covers Leavenworth, Easton and Kickapoo.

Navinsky, a Democrat, has been on the County Commission since 1995. He has served two terms.

Tellefson, a Republican, is a financial counselor, independent stockbroker and insurance agent based in Leavenworth. He has never held public office.

Leavenworth County voters will decide whether to hire a county administrator.

The County Commission has the authority to hire a county administrator, but commission members said voters should decide on the issue.

County officials said the administrator's duties would include serving as chief administrative officer of the county, proposing policy, programs, and long-range plans, presenting operating budgets and supervising department heads.

This won't be the first time the question has been posed to voters; voters rejected the idea of a county administrator in 1998, by a margin of 7,421 to 5,956.

Currently, there are 14 counties in the state with a county administrator on staff. The list includes Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

Seven of the state's largest counties have county administrators.

In Linwood, voters will decide whether the city should implement a one-cent sales tax, which would fund maintenance and updating of the city's lagoon system.

Currently, there are no projected figures for how much the sales tax would mean to the city.

Linwood officials said the city is in the process of adding another lagoon cell with more slated for the future.

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