It would be hard enough in any year to persuade Wichita voters to raise the local sales tax for any reason. But as the City Council sifts through the items that might be funded by such revenue, its deliberations are complicated by the calendar. Mayor Carl Brewer (in photo), who is term-limited, is cast in the role of lame duck. Behind the scenes, as well as on the bench, there is jockeying over who might run next spring to succeed him. Council members surely realize that a united front is their best hope of persuading voters this fall of the necessity of raising the sales tax to address some of the priorities, and that a failed ballot question would have political as well as fiscal consequences.
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