Kingman, Kan. --
Kingman County voters reject a tax increase Tuesday to fund a new law enforcement center and jail by a vote of 802 to 749.
Approval would have added a quarter cent to the sales tax to help fund the $11.8 million project.
Sheriff Randy Hill says the rejection still leaves the county with an unsafe, primitive jail as well as a police station, sheriff's office and 911 dispatch center in a flood plain.
Hill says it's often a challenge to properly segregate inmates when you only have 13 beds in four different cells.
One voter, Bryron Siemens, tells KAKE news he voted yes but says, "The consensus that I've heard from people is they're not upset with having a new Law Enforcement Center. It's that they're spending too much money on the Law Enforcement Center."
Sheriff Hill says, "I'm not asking for anything plush for inmates. I'm asking for the same thing we have now. We just need more space for more inmates."
He says County Commissioners will have a decision to make whether to pursue a different approach, perhaps even using property taxes to fund a new center.
"When the sales tax was voted down the only other way they have is the property tax."