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Kingman County Commission to seek 1-cent sales tax

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.

Kingman County voters this spring will be asked to approve a one-cent general sales tax, a portion of which would help fund a new county law enforcement center, according to a news release from Kingman County.

The tax, if approved, would stretch over 20 years. It is expected to raise about $900,000 annually, which will be distributed among the county and its seven incorporated towns based on their populations and property taxes levied the previous year.

The bulk of the revenue – about 63 percent – would go to the county, the release said; the city of Kingman would receive around 26.5 percent. The rest would go to Cunningham, Norwich, Nashville, Penalosa, Spivey and Zenda.

Kingman County commissioners voted unanimously this week to take the proposed tax to residents, according to the news release. They “reaffirmed their intent” to help build an updated law enforcement center with some of the tax proceeds; revenue would also provide property tax relief to cities, the release said.

The Kingman County Commission is expected to work out further details, including wording of the ballot question, at a Tuesday meeting with bond counsel.

An election date has not been set.

In a close vote last October, Kingman County residents defeated a pair of proposed sales taxes earmarked for construction of a $11.8 million law enforcement center and 32-bed jail. The existing law enforcement center, which houses 13 inmate beds, was built in 1959.

Revenue from the county’s current three-quarter-cent sales tax is earmarked for road and bridge improvements. It expires in 2020.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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