The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, November 1, 1996
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ft4 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1. 1996 T SPECIAL QUESTIONS CAMPAIGN 9G THE SALINA JOURNAL Voters face special questions Hays students vote for GOP Ellsworth County to vote second time on building new hospital By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal From health care to hogs, from education to liquor-by-the-drink and the intangibles tax, voters in north-central and northwest Kansas will have more to worry about Tuesday than national, state and local candidates. Special questions are on the ballots in more than a dozen cities, counties and school districts. Ellsworth hospital Voters in Ellsworth County will be asked to approve a combination of a Vi -cent sales tax and property tax hike to pay for a $3.2 million hospital to replace the three-story brick building on the edge of town. This will be the second time the issue has gone before voters. A year ago, residents turned down a $4.6 million hospital construction project in the county's first mail- in election. The project was defeated by 150 votes. Since then, said Anne Grothusen, chairwoman of the Ellsworth County Health Care Board, county residents have answered questionnaires and as many as 80 citizens participated in hospital-related task forces. The proposed one-story building is similar to the earlier proposal, except the county health department and a medical clinic have been removed. There will be 12 patient rooms and those can be expanded to 20 if needed. The new facility also will be flexible enough to allow for the addition of a surgery center and wings for wellness and prevention and long-term care, Grothusen said. The proposed hospital would be located on 15 acres of donated land V LIQUOR-BY-THE-DRINK north of Old Highway 40, east of K- 14 and west of K-156. Hospital planners did not have a site when the first project failed. "The nurses' station will be able to oversee the acute wing and the emergency wing," Grothusen said. "We can't do that in the present building and it makes it difficult. "The new building will be more efficient in the care of the patient, and it will be run more cost effectively. Patient care is our first priority, but cost efficiency is also very important." County officials have struggled since 1992 with the county's health care needs. It was then commissioners agreed to accept responsibility for the hospital and appointed a committee to study future community needs. The committee concluded it would be cheaper to build a new hospital than to upgrade the present facility, which dates back to 1921 and a time when inpatient care dominated services. The focus has since shifted to outpatient services as health providers move to cut expenses and become more efficient. "I'm feeling more optimistic. Yes, our beloved building is not going to last forever. It took us all a while to come to that realization," Grothusen said. Corporate hog farms Ellsworth County voters also will decide the fate of corporate hog and dairy farming. The hog question also will be on the ballot in Osborne County and is much more controversial there, mainly because the nation's largest hog producer, Murphy Family Farms of North Carolina and Missouri, has targeted land near Natoma for a confinement sow operation. According to a recent edition of Successful Farming magazine, Murphy owned 260,300 sows in 1996, a 14 percent increase from 1995. New schools In the the Quivira Heights School District, which covers Wilson. Bushton, Dorrance. Holyrood and Lorraine, voters will decide whether their children should have new schools. The 550-student district has proposed an $8.6 million bond issue to be repaid through an increase in property taxes. The money would pay for a new school in Wilson for students in kindergarten through grade 12 from Wilson and Dorrance, a new high school in Bushton for students from Bushton, Lorraine and Holyrood and a new building in Holyrood for kindergarten through grade eight students from Bushton, Lorraine and Holyrood. Voters in the Moundridge School District also will be asked to approve a general obligation bond issue, this one for $4 million to pay for a classroom addition and other improvements. Liquor-by-the-drlnk McPherson County voters also will be asked whether they want liquor-by-the-drink served in restaurants where 30 percent of the revenue is from the sale of food. The issue was placed on the ballot after the local Restaurant Task Force collected about 1,500 signatures on a petition. Mitchell, Cheyenne and Phillips counties also will vote on the liquor question. Other questions Other special questions by county: DECATUR COUNTY • More than 200 signatures were collected on a petition to force a vote on whether board members of the local hospital should be elected rather than appointed by commissioners. ELLIS COUNTY • After a decade of discussion, officials in the town of Ellis decid- ed to ask voters whether they want their six council members elected at-large instead of by wards. GOVE COUNTY • Voters in the City of Quinter will decide the fate of a 1/2-cent sales tax. JEWELL COUNTY • The Mankato School District wants to elect board members at- large rather than from districts. LOGAN COUNTY • The Winona School District also wants to change from district voting of board members to at- large positions. NORTON COUNTY • Voters will decide whether to approve a 1-mill tax levy to support a service program for the elderly. • They also will be asked to exempt the Norton County Sheriffs Department and Jail from state tax levy limits. PHILLIPS COUNTY • Phillipsburg voters will decide the fate of the intangibles tax. • The same question will be on the local ballot in Prairie View. • Phillipsburg voters also will decide the fate of a V 2 -cent sales tax. ROOKS COUNTY • Voters in Plainville will be asked to increase the city sales tax a half cent to 1 cent. RUSSELL COUNTY • Russell voters will decide whether they want to elect their hospital board members. SHERMAN COUNTY • The Northwest Kansas Regional Medical Center is asking for a tax increase for three years. The present levy is 2 mills and, if approved, the new levy would be 6 mills. A mill in Sherman County equals about $46,000. WASHINGTON COUNTY • Commissioners will ask voters to continue a 1-cent sales tax for another two years to pay for construction of bridges, low-water crossings and culverts. By The Hays Daily News HAYS — In a Democratic stronghold. Hays High School voters overwhelmingly voted Republican in a mock poll this week. Russell native Bob Dole was an easy winner with 60 percent of the votes cast with 27 percent for President Clinton and 12 percent for Reform Party founder Ross Perot. The Senate races were captured by Republicans Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback. Roberts drew 71 percent of the vote to 21 for Democrat Sally Thompson, while Brownback's race was closer with 59 percent to Democrat Jill Docking's 36 percent. Hays resident Jerry Moran was a big winner over Salina Democrat John Divine in the 1st District House race, 85 percent to 9 percent. The senior class topped the school in the voter turnout race with 63 percent of the seniors casting a ballot. BELL BURGER EXTREME VALUE MEAL 2 Bell Burgers Nachos Supreme Medium Drink 'MOUT IT TJMCO BELJL Schwan's Frozen Food Truck Will be in the parking lot at Kmart 400 S. Broadway TODAY, 3pm - 6pm Ask about our Home Delivery 100% guaranteed We accept food stamps Wanted: new customers morning, afternoon 4 evening. Four counties will vote on liquor sales 10 years after rejecting issues, voters can let restaurants serve liquor By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING Tlie Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Dennis and Charlotte Much were confused by the Kansas liquor laws when they moved to the state five years ago. In 1986, the Kansas Legislature gave the state's 105 counties the option of having liquor-by-the- drink within their borders or allowing only private clubs to serve mixed drinks. McPherson County, on a vote of 4,385 to 6,225, decided to remain semi-dry. But at this year's general election Tuesday, voters will again be asked to approve liquor- by-the-drink in restaurants that receive 30 percent of their revenue from the sale of food. For the, the issue has gone from philosophic to personal. In April, the couple purchased Lindsborg's historic Brunswick Hotel. Rooms are available and the restaurant continues to operate. Dennis Much, former food service director at McPherson's Memorial Hospital, said he and Charlotte have thought about adding a private club to their business, but there hasn't been time because of the work they have done on the upstairs guest rooms. Now comes the November vote. Much said he probably won't support liquor-by-the-drink. "It really will put the family- owned restaurants out of business because it will be to the advantage of the corporate-owned restaurants to move into the county. It's the 'Wal-Mart Syndrome,' " he said. McPherson County has more than 27,000 residents. The less populated counties of Mitchell, Cheyenne and Phillips also have the issue on their ballots. Voters in Mitchell County barely rejected liquor-by-the-drink in 1986 on a vote of 1,718 to 1,750. At Beloit, the Rev. Daniel Davis, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, said there has been little talk of the issue — although organizers of this year's Chautauqua celebration aired the pros and cons of liquor-by-the-drink at a well-attended forum. "I'm not saying people don't care about the issue. It's just that it hasn't come to the forefront as a big issue," Davis said. "I haven't seen that many articles in the newspaper. I haven't seen any letters to the editor. "People who support it say it's hard to get good restaurants in town because we don't have liquor-by-the-drink. I just have trouble following that argument." The issue went on the ballots in McPherson and Mitchell counties after successful petition drives. McPherson's Carla Williamson, spokeswoman for a group calling itself the Restaurant Task Force, said the McPherson petition was started by a group of concerned industrial and business leaders. She is a downtown landlord and business owner. "We call our group the Restaurant Task Force because what we're doing is trying to allow more restaurants to come in. A lot of restaurants, especially the chains, will not even consider a county that doesn't have liquor- by-the drink." Williamson said. "I think the opposition feels this is a way of bringing in bars and crime, a way of downgrading the community, when we're really looking at expanding the kinds of restaurants we have here, which in turn will expand the downtown area." She said the task force planned to start running radio and newspaper advertisements to remind citizens the liquor question will be on the ballot and to support it if they can. Otherwise, Williamson said, the reaction to liquor-by-the-drink has been reserved, much at it has been in Mitchell County. At McPherson's popular downtown Pear Tree Restaurant and Peppy Partridge Club, manager Phil Olson said he has nothing against mixed drinks, but a vote one way or the other won't change his business. "We would still have a public part that wouldn't serve liquor," he said. "We're able to accommodate both needs without offending anybody." Now Open Jane M. Peterson Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Clinical Nurse Specialist CALL 825-2000 For Appointment 135 E. Claflin • Salina Entire Stock Contemporary Sportswear One Week ONLY Now thru November 2 *CtVS Downtown Salina Republicans maintain lead in registered voters By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Republicans have maintained their 15 percentage point advantage over Democrats in voter registration for Tuesday's general election in Kansas, with a record 1,436,419 people signed up to vote. Figures released Thursday by the secretary of state's office showed 45.3 percent of those registered are Republicans and 30.1 percent are Democrats — keeping the GOP advantage where it has been for several elections. Another 24.5 percent of those registered are not affiliated with either major party. Libertarians have 9,829 registered voters, or 0.01 percent of the total, while the new Reform Party has only 936 registered voters, or 0.001 percent. The total registration is 72,000, or 5.3 percent, more than in 1992 — the last presidential election year — and is up 84,245, or 6.2 percent, from the August primary election. JJ) Is Your Lucky Number!^ 13th Birthdays Now through November 13th, 1996 Walltfaper 2322 Planet Ave. Galaxy Center, Salina, KS 67401 1-913-826-9468 HOURS: M-F 10-6 SAT. 10-5 "Senate* Ben Uid*ieben to HUJ Senate* and i/ww. I uwk wiik kiw uetoj cfiwe&j wt ntani) to^ue6 ikai pertain te kto dtohici and Kawad. I kepe yau'C£ dend Senate* Ben (toed te T&peka! Hto expe*ience in ike senate and kto twvuty a*e ue*if uaCuaMe te you and ine/ 1 Governor Bill Graves Vote For Senator Ben Pol. Adv. Paid for by Ben Vidricksenfor^Senate, Mary Ldby IVeas.

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