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Special questions on Nov. 4 ballot
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There are several special questions on the Nov. 4 general election ballot in addition to the public office races. - photo by Tribune file photo

The Nov. 4 general election is about more than public office holders. There are a handful of other issues.
According to Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman, there are three special questions ballot in addition to the raffle constitutional amendment. These include sales taxes in Claflin and Hoisington, and a land acquisition in South Homestead Township.
Below are the questions as read on the ballot:
• Shall the City of Claflin, Kansas, levy a one-half of one percent (.5%) retailers’ sales tax to be used for the purpose of raising additional revenue to provide an adequate level of public services within the City, for the purpose of controlling the city mill levy, for providing funds for city park improvements, for providing funds for improvements at the community center and for providing funds for capital improvements and reserves?  The one-half percent (.5%) retailers’ sales tax will sunset after five years.
• Shall a retailers’ sales tax in the amount of one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) be levied in the City of Hoisington, Kansas, for the purposes of maintaining and improving public streets and infrastructure; stabilizing the property tax levy; improving, maintaining, equipping or constructing a public swimming pool and to provide improvements necessary to enhance the public’s quality of life, to take effect April 1, 2015.
• Shall the South Homestead Township Board acquire up to 1 (one) acre of land, more or less, and erect a metal building thereon with dimensions of approximately 50’ X 50’ (fifty feet by fifty feet) for township use at a total cost for land and building not to exceed $22,000.00 (twenty-two thousand dollars)?