September 3, 2013
The Kingman County Commission has called an Oct. 29 special election to ask voter approval for a new, one-quarter cent sales tax and extension of an existing three quarter cent sales tax. The money raised would be used to help fund construction of a new county Law Enforcement Center and Kingman County Jail.
The Oct. 29 special election will ask voters to approve the remaining one-quarter cent sales tax available to the county, with the new tax going into effect July 1, 2014 and continuing for 20 years. Voters also will be asked to extend the three-quarter cent sales tax for an additional 20 years, starting in 2021, with all proceeds going to the Law Enforcement Center project.
The current law enforcement center and jail is located in a flood plain and doesn't meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The facility was built in 1959 and was designed for a staff of 5 people. Today there are 25 people working in the center, representing the sheriff's department, Kingman Police and the county's 911 center.
The new one-quarter cent sales tax is expected to raise $223,000 annually. Revenue from the three-quarter cent sales tax is expected to be $670,000 annually.