Bourbon County Commission Minutes of Aug. 26

August 26, 2020 Wednesday 9:00 am

The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with Commissioner Oharah and Ruhl present, Commissioner Fischer was present by telephone, also present were the County Counselor and the County Clerk.

Mark McCoy, Anne Dare, Lora Holdridge, Michael Hoyt and Kim Simons were also present.

Justin Meeks said he had reviewed Resolution 26-20 and said it met the guidelines for a resolution; Lynne read Resolution 26-20.

WHEREAS, K.S.A. 12-187 et seq., as amended, authorizes the Board of County Commissioners of Bourbon County, Kansas, to submit to the qualified electors of the County the question of levying a one percent (1%) retailers’ sales tax, such tax to be collected by the State Department of Revenue with the revenue therefrom returned and distributed as provided by law within Bourbon County, and

WHEREAS, the voters of Bourbon County, Kansas, approved this sales tax on June 15, 2010, and it is set to expire on June 30, 2021, and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Bourbon County, Kansas, has determined that continuation of this revenue is needed to maintain and improve hard surface roads in the County and to fund public services in the cities of Bourbon County.


This question will be submitted to the qualified electors of Bourbon County on the November 3rd, 2020 ballot, the question of levying a countywide retailers’ sales tax in Bourbon County, Kansas, (1) to Bourbon County, for the purpose of maintenance and construction of hard surface roads, and (2) to each city located in Bourbon County, for the purpose of providing funding for public services, in the amount of once percent (1%), such tax to take effect on the 1st day of July 2021, and expire on the 30th day of June 2031, if approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon.

This resolution shall take effect on publication in the official County newspaper.”
Nick made a motion to approve Resolution 26-20, Jeff seconded and all approved.

Nick Ruhl, District #3 Commissioner provided Lynne and Kendell a resignation letter (effective immediately), Nick said he would send the letter to the Governor. Lynne said it had been a privilege working on issues together, Jeff said he appreciated all of the work Nick had done, especially the work Nick did with the ambulance service after the hospital closed.

Justin Meeks estimated it could take approximately 3 weeks before a replacement Commissioner would be appointed and be present for the meetings; there was a discussion over not having a meeting until September 15th, Jeff suggested that there could still be business that needed addressed at regular meetings. The Commissioners will meet again on September 1st at 9:00 am. Mark McCoy, Chairman of the Republican Party said that it was now the responsibility of the Republican Party to call an emergency caucus to select a replacement and said the name of the person they select will be sent to the Governor for the Governor to appoint.

At 9:43, Jeff made a motion to adjourn, Lynne seconded, meeting adjourned.

(ss) Lynne Oharah, Chairman
(ss) Jeff Fischer, Commissioner
__________________, Commissioner
Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk
September 1, 2020, Approved Date

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