Special election for Kingman County law enforcement center to be held Oct. 29

A special election will be held on Oct. 29 in Kingman County asking voters to approve a new sales tax and extend an existing sales tax for a new law enforcement center and county jail.

A proposed new $11.8 million facility would replace the current law enforcement center built in 1959, which is located in a flood plain, doesn’t meet American with Disabilities Act standards, and is too small for current staffing needs, according to the county.

The Kingman County Commission called for the special election. It proposes a new one-quarter-cent sales tax and the extension of an existing three-quarter-cent sales tax to build the new center.

The new tax would go into effect July 1, 2014, and continue for 20 years. The existing tax, approved for road and bridge projects in 2010 to last for 20 years, would be extended for an additional 20 years starting in 2021 with proceeds to go to the center.

The quarter-cent sales tax would raise $223,000 a year, and the three-quarter-cent tax would provide $670,000 annually, the county says.

Plans for a new center call for a 32-bed jail, offices for the county sheriff and Kingman police departments, an emergency operations center, the county’s 911 call center, and records and evidence storage.