By Robert Marin
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
12:14 PM CST, February 10, 2012
As advance ballots go out for a special election on a hotel sales tax, some Wichita voters say they do not understand the question.
A petition drive forced a Feb. 28 public vote on a guest tax incentive for the Ambassador Hotel project at Douglas and Broadway. Since mail-in ballots have gone out to voters, the city says its received dozens of calls about the question on the ballot.
Here's how the ballot question reads:
Here is what it really means:
The city says the state constitution requires the strange wording. City attorney Gary Rebenstorf says if the question was not worded the way it is, it would not be legal.
"We have to set out the title of the charter ordinance, the number of the charter ordinance and the lengthy part in there that describes the title of the ordinance and 'shall that ordinance take effect,'" said Rebenstorf.
A petition drive collected enough signatures to force the vote on the project. The developer will have to pay for the cost of the election.
The election is February 28th. There will also be advance voting options. Call the Sedgwick County Election Office at (316)660-7101, visit their website, or visit the office at 510 N. Main, Suite 101 in the historic Sedgwick County Courthouse to learn more about the election and advance voting.
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