General Election is Tuesday

Prepare to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Locally, four seats on the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education and three seats on the Sabetha City Commission, are up for election this November.

Additionally, following a successful petition by the Hiawatha Community Hospital, the Brown County Healthcare Sales Tax Question also will be the November ballot — following a narrow failure at a special election in May.

A Constitutional Amendment also will be on the ballot asking voters whether the State of Kansas can eliminate the adjustment of census taken by the United States census bureau regarding nonresident military personnel and nonresident students when reapportioning the Kansas senate and house of representatives.

Voting Locations

In Nemaha County, voting locations are as follows: for Gilman and Washington Townships, Bern Community Building; for Harrison-Goff, Goff Community Center; for Adams Township, Nemaha County Community Building; for Berwick, Capioma and Rock Creek Townships and Sabetha City Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4, Sabetha City Hall; and for Granada and Wetmore Townships, Wetmore American Legion.

In Brown County, voting locations are as follows: for Morrill, Walnut and Powhattan Townships, Fairview Community Center; and for Hamlin, Hiawatha Fisher Center.

Local Positions

On the USD No. 113 Board of Education, Positions One, Three, Five and Seven are open.

Position One includes the part of the school district located in Hamlin, Morrill and Walnut townships in Brown County, and Berwick Township in Nemaha County. Position One currently is held by James Scoby, and he has re-filed for the position. Also filing for Position One is Ken Cannon.

Position Three includes the part of the school district lying within the city limits of Sabetha, beginning at the west city limit on Main Street, then east on Main Street to Old Highway 75, then southerly and westerly following the city limits to the place of beginning. Position Three currently is held by Kathy Lippert, and she has re-filed for the position. She is running unopposed.

Position Five includes the part of the school district in Nemaha County, beginning at the northwest corner of Section 2-12-1, then south three miles, then east two miles, then south 2-1/2 miles to the district boundaries — thus including all property located in Washington, Gilman, Rock Creek and Adams townships which is within the school district, excluding the City of Sabetha. Position Five currently is held by Leslie Scoby, who has filed for re-election. She is running unopposed.

Position Seven is the board’s at-large member and can be any person residing with the school district. Position Seven currently is held by Sabetha resident Kent Saylor, and he has re-filed for the position. He is running unopposed.

On the Sabetha City Commission, three positions are open — Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, currently held by Nick Aberle; Commissioner of Utilities, currently held by Norman Schmitt; and Commissioner of Streets, currently held by Julie Lancaster-Burenheide. All three commissioners have re-filed for their respective positions and are running unopposed.

Other cities and open positions in the readership area include the following: City of Bern, three council members; City of Goff, mayor and five council members; City of Oneida, mayor and five council members; City of Wetmore, mayor and five council members; City of Seneca, mayor, treasurer and three council members; City of Morrill, mayor and five council members; and City of Fairview, three council members.

In Brown County, no one has filed for any of the open positions on the Morrill council or for mayor. On the Fairview council, Charlie Brockhoff has filed for re-election.

In Nemaha County, no one has filed for any of the open positions on the Oneida council or for mayor.

For the City of Bern, Timothy Miller, Carla Meyer and Nathan Streit have filed for council positions.

For the City of Goff, Patricia Dean has filed for mayor; and Barbara Wiggins, Walker Uhl and Nancy Gosling for filed for council positions.

For the City of Wetmore, Robert Carson has filed for mayor; and Michelle Cochran and Curtis Goodman have filed for council positions.

For the City of Seneca, filings are as follows: for mayor, Joe Mitchell; for treasurer, Kathy O’Brien; for Ward One council member, Ray Shinn; for Ward Three council member, Michael Stallbaumer; and no filings for council member of the second ward.

Other school board positions open in the readership area include the following: Nemaha Central USD No. 115, Positions One, Three, Five and Seven; and Hiawatha USD No. 415, Positions One, Two, Three and Seven.

On the USD No. 115 Board, filings are as follows: Position One, no filing; Position Three, Amy Huerter; Position Five, Jason Hammes; and Position Seven, Owen R. Zinke.

On the USD No. 415 Board, filings are as follows: Position One, Jeffrey Brockhoff; Position Two, Thomas E. Simmer; Position Three, Ian Schuetz; and Position Seven, Amy J. Kopp.

Healthcare Sales Tax

Following a successful petition by Hiawatha Community Hospital for the question to be added to the November ballot, voters will again be asked whether the county can institute a 10-year, 1/2 percent sales tax to benefit Hiawatha Community Hospital. If approved, the tax is expected to generate approximately $700,000 annually — which would all go to benefit Hiawatha’s hospital.

This is a change from the question asked in May. At that time, funds were to be divided, with 80 percent going to Hiawatha Community Hospital and 20 percent going to support healthcare services in Horton.

The question reads: “Shall the following be adopted? Shall Brown County, Kansas be authorized to impose an additional five tenths percent (0.5%) general retailers’ sales tax, thereby increasing the general sales tax rate to one and five tenths percent (1.5%), pursuant to the authority of K.S.A. 12- 187 et seq., to be used for the purpose of financing the provision of health care services in Brown County by Hiawatha Community Hospital , or its successors, (“Hospital”) including the payment of Hospital expenses and any payments with respect to bonds issued for Hospital purposes, with collection of such tax beginning on April 1, 2020, or as soon as provided by law, and ending ten (10) years after such tax is first collected?”

Constitutional Amendment

The Constitutional Amendment proposition is asking voters whether the State of Kansas can eliminate the adjustment of census taken by the United States census bureau regarding nonresident military personnel and nonresident students when reapportioning the Kansas senate and house of representatives.

A vote for this proposition would eliminate the adjustment of census taken by the United States census bureau regarding nonresident military personnel and nonresident students when reapportioning the Kansas senate and house of representatives.

A vote against this proposition would continue in effect the requirement for the adjustment of census taken by the United States census bureau regarding nonresident military personnel and nonresident students when reapportioning the Kansas senate and house of representatives.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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