By Michael Schwanke
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
8:37 PM CST, November 5, 2012
From fluoride to boat taxes, Kansans will see more than just candidates on their ballots.
As early voting began, viewers called Eyewitness News still had questions about what they were seeing on their ballots.
The most talked about issue in Wichita is fluoride, but several voters have called wondering why the fluoride issue isn’t on their ballot.
Only voters in the Wichita city limits will vote on fluoride. Even if your city gets its water from Wichita, and many suburbs do, it won’t be on the ballot.
Voters will see two short paragraphs. A “yes” vote means you authorize the city to fluoridate. A “no” votes mean you don’t want the city to add fluoride.
Right not the city has about half the level of fluoride the CDC recommends.
Salina Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
The ballot questions aren't so clear when you go to Hutchinson and Salina.
Voters in both cities will settle the issue of whether sexual orientation should be included in anti-discrimination ordinances.
In Salina a “yes” vote means you want to repeal the protections for gays lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people.
A "no" vote means that anti-discrimination protections will remain in place.
Hutchinson Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
It's the opposite for the anti-discrimination ballot question in Hutchinson.
A “yes” vote there means you approve of the ordinance and the protections will remain in place.
A “no” vote means you don't approve of the ordinance.
Valley Center Sales Tax
Valley Center will vote on a new sales tax.
It's a one percent tax that would help pay for a new $6.7 million recreation center.
Everyone is Kansas will see the ballot question on the constitutional amendment.
The change would allow lawmakers to lower taxes on boats and watercraft.
Right now Kansas boat taxes are higher than places like Oklahoma and Missouri.
The state says many owners register their boats in those states instead.
Supporters say the change could actually mean more revenue for the state, by keeping those registrations in Kansas.
A “yes” vote allows the changes.
A “no” vote keeps boat taxes the same.
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