Kingman County Votes on New Jail

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) Kingman County residents will vote next month on two tax proposals that would fund a new jail and law enforcement center.

The Hutchinson News reports one ballot issue on the Oct. 29 ballot would create a quarter-cent sales tax, effective July 1, 2014, that would continue for 20 years. The second question would extend an existing three-quarter-cent tax for two more decades. That tax is set to expire in 2021.

If the taxes are approved, the county would build a 32-bed jail, offices for the Kingman County sheriff and Kingman police departments, an emergency operations center, a 911 call center, and records and evidence storage.

The current law enforcement center and jail are housed in an apartment building constructed in 1959.