Wichita City Council

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Wichita’s mask ordinance will be in effect for almost another month.

City Council members voted Tuesday to extend the ordinance requiring masks in public spaces until Sept. 8. It was supposed to expire Tuesday; the council also declared an emergency in order to pass the extension on first reading and prevent any gaps in the policy.

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In an effort to make up for millions of dollars in revenue lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wichita's proposed 2021 budget includes cuts in several departments — while other departments are getting a boost.

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Call it a ban on plastic bag bans.

A new bill introduced this week in the Kansas House Commerce Committee would pre-emptively prevent state municipalities from enacting their own bans or taxes on plastic items, including shopping bags.

The push comes days after the Wichita City Council appointed a Single-Use Plastic Bag Task Force to look into the issue and possibly craft an ordinance regulating plastic bags in the city.

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Visitors to Wichita's new baseball stadium should expect to pay a little more for some purchases made there.

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A controversial proposal to extend term limits for Wichita City Council members could be put to a city-wide vote next year.

The change would allow council members, including the mayor, to serve three four-year terms; they’re currently limited to two.

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Wichita residents and businesses will see their water and sewer rates go up next year.

City council members on Tuesday approved a 5% increase to help pay for a new water treatment plant.

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The make-up of Wichita City Council will remain the same as voters give three incumbents another term.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show Becky Tuttle, Jeff Blubaugh and Bryan Frye won their races.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says voter turnout was about 20 percent.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

Becky Tuttle has held her District 2 seat on city council for less than a year. She was appointed to the position after Pete Meitzner was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission.

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Wichitans in District 2 — which covers much of east and northeast Wichita — will elect their new City Council candidate on Nov. 5.

Residents of the district were able to start casting votes this week as early voting began. Their choices include a public health advocate, former state representative and a former speech writer for current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Becky Tuttle

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Three candidates are in the race for Wichita City Council District 4.

Council member Jeff Blubaugh is seeking re-election while Beckie Jenek and Christopher Parisho make their first runs for city office.

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On June 3, the last day for candidates to file, Mike Magness entered the race for Wichita City Council.

"I watched. It was about spring break, so this would be, what, middle of March,” says Magness, a longtime teacher. "I would start looking to see who would put up their name for District 5. Nobody, nobody, nobody.

"And then late May, after Memorial Day, Mr. Frye put his name in, and then nobody else, and I thought, 'Somebody needs to run against him.'"

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