It was the debut for one of the presentations regarding the half-cent sales tax renewal proposal, to be on the Riley county ballot in November. County Commissioner Dave Lewis and Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr made the presentation to intergovernmental leaders Monday, with Lewis telling the group it had been fine-tuned late that morning. Lewis stressed one important message that needs to be made when educating members of the public, and said “the operating word is renewal”.
Lewis says so far there are around 15 presentations geared up to go that will include representatives from Riley County Commissioners, the Manhattan City Manager’s office, and Manhattan City Commissioners.
Lewis adds having both governmental groups involved is important to show a consolidated front, and unity of vision for the Sales Tax initiative.
City Manager Ron Fehr also went over the city’s portion of the sales tax proposal, with 65 percent going to economic development and traditional infrastructure, and 35 percent toward property tax relief.
The intergovernmental group includes representatives from not only the city of Manhattan and Riley County, but also from USD 383, Kansas State, Chamber of Commerce, and Fort Riley.