Daily Archives: Sept. 28, 2010

City may require signs warning of extra sales tax in special districts

coinsIf developers want the city to let them charge extra sales tax and use it to help fund their business, they’ll have to alert their customers in a clear way, such as a sign on the front door or an itemized line on their receipt.

That’s the upshot of the city council’s informal discussion about community improvement districts in city hall today. The city has been grappling with rules for the districts since it penned a policy about five months ago.

The districts are a new economic development tool approved last year by state lawmakers. The districts let developers add up to 2 percent sales tax on purchases inside the district for up to 22 years. The taxes flow to the state, through the city and back to the developers to pay for private or public improvements, including some business operating costs. Read More »

Brownback and Holland will appear in televised debate

TelevisionTOPEKA – Kansans will have one chance to see their gubernatorial candidates face off in a debate in October.

The two main party candidates, Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and Democrat state Sen. Tom Holland faced off in a live debate Sept. 11 at the Kansas State Fair. That exchange was not televised.

Brownback’s campaign announced Tuesday he had agreed to two televised debates. Holland’s campaign has agreed to one debate, but declined a second debate hosted by WIBW scheduled for Oct. 13.

Both candidates have agreed to appear at a debate from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 on KWCH-TV. Read More »

Kansas receives $4.4 million to expand rural broadband access

cablesTOPEKA – Connect Kansas receive about $4.4 million in federal stimulus dollars on Tuesday to expand high-speed internet access in rural communities.

“Broadband is the driver of today’s modern economy,” said Brian Mefford, CEO of Connect Kansas’ parent organization, Connected Nation. “This grant will help Connect Kansas expand the effort to ensure that all rural Kansans have easy access to affordable high-speed Internet.”

Connect Kansas began mapping broadband access across the state in 2009 and found approximately 28 percent of Kansas households do not subscribe to home broadband service.

The program was started last year with money from National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which also allocated the funds announced Tuesday.

“This additional funding allows us to expand high-speed Internet access, thus bringing economic opportunities and quality-of-life improvements for all Kansans,” Gov. Mark Parkinson said in a written statement.