Reminder: Kingman County voters to decide jail sales tax Tuesday

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Kingman, Kan. -- Kingman County voters will get another chance to decide whether to approve a sales tax for a new Law Enforcement Center and jail.

The county-wide vote is tomorrow - April 8.

Last October voters rejected by a narrow margin a quarter-cent sales tax dedicated for building a planned $11.8 million Law Enforcement Center and jail then.

This time county commissioners decided to take building plans off the ballot and go for a funding source first.

County Commissioner John Steffen says, "They (voters) were just hung up on the cost of that building."

This vote he says focuses on funding only saying, "It basically sets a budget for the construction of this. We'll have to fit the building to the one cent revenue that the county will get out of this."

Kingman County spokeswoman Nancy Borst says other incorporated communities in the county would also get their share of the sales tax, if passed. Borst says, "We have a community in our county that's trying to build a new fire station. This revenue they're going to receive from the county wide tax would certainly assist them in that project."

Steffen says if voters approve the 20 year one cent sales tax then the commission will look at new building plans based on what revenue the tax produces.

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