School Bond Election Concerns Brought To Commissioners
Greenwood County Commissioners heard from two concerned citizens during their routine meeting this Monday, regarding the recent USD 389 school bond election (see related story). Tim Watchous and Larry Hein of Eureka spoke during new business. Watchous relayed that he’s been in contact with the Kansas Attorney General’s office and intends to contest the election.
“The school district extends into Woodson County, Elk County and Butler County,” explained Watchous. “The official notification was only listed in the Eureka paper for that election and in that notification there was no list of polling places for those three counties. So we had a lot of people that didn’t know where they were supposed to vote.” Watchous was also concerned that the election notice published in January did not include the amount of the bond, the projected interest and the projected payment, pursuant to state statute 10-120a. “There’s a whole different official notice that has to be put in the paper and that wasn’t done correctly,” added Watchous. County Clerk Kathy Robison replied that the school district did publish a separate notice with more information prior to the election. That notice ran in The Eureka Herald on September 5, 2018. While it does include the estimated $7.5 million project costs, it does not include a projected interest rate or annual payment amount.
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