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2/18/2014 11:55:00 AM
Races develop for City Commission seats
By Van Mitchell

Perkins will have two new city commission members this spring as three candidates filed for each of the two open seats. Ward 2 and Ward 4 incumbents Don Sagersa and John Dragoo didn't file for re-election because of term limits.

According to the Payne County Election Board, Ward 2 drew three can- didates including Monica Savory, Jason Shilling and Teddy Miller.

Ward 4 candidates include Courtney Ward, John Konrad and Amber Johnston.

The general election is April 1.

Perkins voters on April 1 will also be asked to change the wording in the one-cent capital improvement sales tax. It would allow the city to do things such as purchase heavy equipment or land for future city expansion.

Acting city manager Bob Ernst said the vote would not create any new taxes or money.

"It is not a new tax and it is not new money," Ernst said. "The capital improvement tax is a one cent sales tax to support infrastructure and allow the city to grow and expand as needed. This one cent is divided between the library, fire department and public works."

Ernst said the city has just one backhoe and more heavy equipment is needed to meet city needs.

"As this tax is written we can buy all of the materials we need but we can't purchase the equipment to put it in the ground with," Ernst said.

Ernst said the capital improvement tax brings in between $250,000 to $300,000 a year.

"Right now we have about $996,000 in the capital improvement tax but we have a huge equipment shortage in public works and this would allow me with city commission approval to purchase much needed equipment," he said.

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