HAYS, Kan. (AP) Voters in a northwest Kansas county will decide May 14 whether to approve a half-percent sales tax to repair and expand their jail, courthouse and law enforcement building.
The Hays Daily News reports Ellis County commissioners set the date for the special election Monday. Revenue from the tax would also fund a new EMS-rural firefighting building.
For residents of Hays, the tax would not be new. A half-percent sales tax for construction of a sports complex expires at the end of this month.
Officials say the Ellis County jail is designed for 30 prisoners but has an average daily population of 50 inmates. The jail houses some inmates from other counties.
Current estimates show the projects funded by the tax would cost between $12 million and $13 million.