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Sales Tax Election Day

 

Poll workers this morning at the Hays American Legion. Photo courtesy of Eagle Local News.

Poll workers this morning at the Hays American Legion. Photo courtesy of Eagle Local News.

It’s election day in Ellis County.  Voters will decide on a proposed half-cent county sales tax. The polls will be open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.  Twenty-nine people had voted at the American Legion by 7:30 a.m.

The sales tax would fund two projects, a new combined Emergency Medical Services/Rural Fire building, and safety and security improvements to the Ellis County jail and courthouse.

It would sunset in five years, or when the project is paid off, whichever comes first.  Total costs, with interest, are estimated at $14.3 million dollars.  We will have election results here as soon as they are available.

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  • BB

    VOTE NO:

    • http://hasyspost RD

      You are not a property owner are you?

      • bb

        Don’t worry, if they aren’t property owners their rent will go up.

        • Nufff taxes

          You must work for the County or City. Sounds like the same threats they gave us.

          Dean? Swede? Is that you guys?

          • http://hasyspost RD

            They will get it one way or another, rather see the sales tax so more people can contribute with all of us paying less than putting all of the burden on property owners. Only buy what you need and you will pay less sales tax.

  • Hays

    These buildings will benefit Hays and Ellis County. ECEMS and the Rural fire department in the same building will strengthening the cohesiveness of emergency management. It will allow adequate space for training and allow both departments to work better together. It might seem beneficial to keep both departments in out dated facilities and blame the authorities for their lack of planning. But do you support your community emergency responders?! The people responding to medical calls and fires? They do not play the roles of politicians and they don’t do it for the paycheck. They do it for their neighbors and community they care about. Vote Yes because you support the Emergency responders and your community.

    • Chris

      I’m really hoping that there are many smart people like you that go to the polls today. Got my vote in at 7 AM. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    • Nufff taxes

      Several Schools closed their doors in this town and consolidated. I think their is adaquate training facilities within Hays.

      • fred

        I’m just curious but what schools have closed down? Kennedy? tax payers don’t own that building the church does, so who are the others? I’m trying to remember but can’t seem to come up with any!

        • Insanity

          Rent it maybe?
          I know at my house when I want to exercise I move some furniture so I have space to do so. I don’t build a new addition. Why? Cause I can’t afford it.

          • Insanity

            Also if I’m correct. Which I’m pretty sure I am. There is an old hospital in the middle of town that has vacant rental space. Maybe use what’s already available? Perhaps?

          • http://hayspost.com american

            we don’t own that either

          • http://hayspost.com american

            I know maybe can rent your house ,we just need to knock a hole in the front to drive the fire truck through. p,s. make sure you move the furniture

    • http://www.hayspost.com Problem

      I vote no because buildings do nothing to help with response to emergencies, decent equipment does………about half the trucks and SCBA (air packs) are obsolete and outdated throughout the rural fire department. let’s get our priorities straight for a change! Those things can actually save lives, not $3.5 million dollar building!!!

      • me

        if you’re Scba is out a date there’s no way you could get the tanks filled.

        • http://www.hayspost.com Tanks

          Outdated and out of date are not the same thing. The tanks get tested every two years and can be recertified, its the SCBA themselves that is the issue, they don’t even make the ones they are using anymore.

  • Concerned about taxes

    I’m concerned that even if we vote yes on the sales tax, what assurances are there that property taxes will not go up anyway to pay for unexpected costs or additional maintenance/building costs for the additional buildings? It seems as taxpayers, we’re caught between a rock and a hard place :(

    • Insanity

      There are no assurances. In 3 years they’ll claim they need a new parks department building, or a convention center(which might actually benefit Hays), or water treatment plant or sewage plant, ect. This will change nothing from these gov. Mobsters. I believe the term is extortion. Pay us to keep your business safe or it could end up burning down. Vote yes to pay for new buildings or we raise your property taxes. The KS attorney general should look into this.

      • http://hayspost.com american

        I agree ,the attorney general should check this out, it should be illegal to vote unless its the tea party idea

  • http://www.hayspost.com Problem

    Swede, Dean’s and Barbara’s threats might be working. Lots of people would of voted against this but they had to threaten people with raising there property tax to sway this into there favor. It’s a shame what happens to people once they get a political office.

  • BB

    LET THEM TRY AND RUN AGAIN IF WE DON’T HAVE NEW PEOPLE RUNNING THEN THE SAME TRASH WILL RUN AGAIN.AND WILL MAKE IT. SORRY

    • me

      if you don’t like it maybe you should run .

  • Wow

    Researched it for 10 years and never budgeted for it. WOW!
    Did Fort Hays do the same with the new building they are erecting? I’m betting they planned for it.
    This county is so pathetic. Won’t let wind farms in, wont let business’s in that could compete with Walmart, don’t plan for what they claim is required and they new about it for 10 f’ing years. Instead they built a sports complex. WTF people. Why are u not angry about this? It’s your money they are wasting!

    • http://hasyspost RD

      Sports complex was built by the city and it brings people into Hays, and guess what they spend money and pay sales tax.

  • Wow

    Is it profitable? Explain the others then please. I’m pretty sure the Ellis County EMS won’t be paying a sales tax or bring people to Hays or anywhere else in the County for that matter. They’ll come to Hays Med for the car but other than that there’s no benefit in this to the County. NONE

  • BB

    LOOK AT THE SPORTS COMPLEX IT MAY BRING IN A FEW PEOPLE BUT WAIT UNTILL THE YEAR IS UP THEY WILL COME OUT AND SAY THEY DIDN’T MAKE ANY MONEY WHY. BECAUSE ITS OVER DONE. LOOK AT THE BIG POOL THEY DIDN’T MAKE ANY MONEY FROM DAY ONE WHY OVER DONE.

  • Hays

    We are not talking about a sports complex or a pool. We are talking about building a solid infrastructure that the people of Ellis county can be proud of and the people visiting Hays can feel safe. The ECEMS station in Hays is an old Volkswagen shop and the jail is not big enough.

    • http://www.hayspost.com Problem

      This will not improve Patient care or response times one little bit…….its a building!!!

      • Insanity

        Exactly. It’s a pretty place for them to come to work and set most the day. Cause there’s ALWAYS fire and ambulance calls all day long :) this is a pathetic waste of money. Just wait citizens. You’ll learn this is only going to cost the community more annually and do nothing to improve response time or quality of care.

      • Hays

        It’s a building that combines Emergency resources. It allows EMS and Rural fire to train together. EMT’s and paramedics can train in an adequate real scenario setting. Emergency responders are not perfect but they rely on their training to make it second nature. To say that the community the size of Hays is okay with their EMS in an old run down Volkswagen shop is delusional.

        • http://www.hayspost.com Problem

          Why did they let the building run down?
          What is stopping them from training togather right now?

          I’ve was a firefighter for along time now and I’ve never been to a call at a fire station or EMS station so that “adequate real scenario setting” won’t happen in the station…..it happens at people homes and on Highways. They can move the trucks out of the current station and have plenty of room for training or find a vacant building in town to do training!

          • Hays

            You’ve win.

    • 24tuesday

      You know what would make me proud? A government that listens to its people. I guess those days are gone. Maybe we all are headed to armed conflict with the gov. Like the NRA an Tea Party say we are. What a shame.

      • http://hayspost.com american

        You just quoted to far right crazy groups, we voted these commissioners in and we voted today and it past but only 17% went to the polls . the government does listen , it looks like its the people that don’t listen otherwise we would have a bigger turn out

  • Uncle Thomas

    Voted yes..!