Briefly Noted: Merriam moves forward with extension of 1/4 cent sales tax approved by voters

The 55th Street drainage improvement, a nearly $500,000 project, was funded by Merriam’s quarter-cent sales tax. Voters approved the extension of the tax in a mail-in vote last month.
Merriam formally approves implementation of quarter-center sales tax extension. The Merriam city council on Monday evening approved the implementation of the city’s quarter-cent sales tax, which received 80% support by Merriam voters in January. A city attorney informed the city council that it was a statutory procedure that must be approved since Merriam residents already green lighted the special sales tax. The tax goes to fund street and stormwater maintenance and improvement projects.

Shawnee authorizes bond issuance for purchasing new fire truck. The Shawnee city council on Jan. 27 voted 7-0 to approve bond issuance for the costs to purchase a new fire truck for Fire Station No. 72 at 5840 Renner Road. The total estimated cost, including costs of issuance for the bonds, is not to exceed $780,000.