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Mulvane voters OK sales tax increase for new library

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 11:20 p.m.

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Mulvane residents approved a 1 percent sales tax increase in a special election Tuesday.

The Sedgwick County Election Office reported Tuesday night that the unofficial vote tally was 405-264, with about 18 percent of registered voters participating. The increase will fund a new $4.2 million library.

The new library, which will cover more than 14,000 square feet, will provide for more seating and meeting rooms, more shelving for books, windows for natural light, a computer lab and a multipurpose room for community meetings after regular library hours. The new building would also make the library accessible for people with disabilities.

The Kansas Department of Revenue estimates the tax increase would generate between $520,000 and $540,000 annually, and the tax would expire in 10 years or sooner if costs associated with the construction of the new library are paid off, City Council member Joe Johnson had said earlier in June.

Reach Nassim Benchaabane at 316-268-6514 or nbenchaabane@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ NassimBnchabane.

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