Government

SCKMC sales tax passes with huge margin

The South Central Kansas Medical Center sales tax initiative appears to have passed May 24 with an 80-percent approval rating. However, official results for the 1-percent sales tax will not be available until June 2. The tax increase, which has preliminary votes of 1,885 for and 467 against, has been […]

SCKMC sales tax approved in 4-to-1 vote

A one-percent sales tax for South Central Kansas Medical Center’s (SCKMC) bond debt was approved by Arkansas City voters on May 24. An unofficial tally showed 80 percent of voters were in favor of the tax, with the remaining 20 percent opposed. “Yes” votes were cast by 1,885 citizens, with […]

Commission awards bid to local contractor

City commissioners voted 4-1 to award a local contractor with a job worth about $44,000 during a City Commission of Arkansas City meeting May 17. Kuhn Mechanical won the bid, despite being more expensive than the lowest bidder by more than $2,000. Commissioner Chad Giles led the charge to keep […]

Annual hydrant flushing program begins May 23

The City of Arkansas City is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program, with work proceeding in southwest Arkansas City starting next week. The Environmental Services Division will begin flushing Section 1 — which includes all fire hydrants in the area of First Street and Washington Avenue, south to Lincoln […]

City Commission discusses advisory boards

City commissioners discussed concerns regarding filling spots on city advisory boards during a work session Friday afternoon at City Hall. Arkansas City is facing “a crisis of volunteerism,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “My generation does not get involved.” The problem facing the City is how best to fill […]