Ellis County voters approve new tax hike

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Ellis County voters easily approved a half-cent sales tax increase to improve county buildings.

The Hays Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/12ur0sg ) the issue was approved Tuesday with 82 percent of the vote, 2,603 to 569.

The increased revenue will help pay for a $14.3 million building for the county’s EMS and rural fire trucks. It will also pay to expand and renovate the county jail, law enforcement center and courthouse.

The sales tax will take effect no sooner than Oct. 1. It is scheduled to end in five years or when the project is paid off, whichever comes sooner.

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Information from: The Hays (Kan.) Daily News, http://www.hdnews.net

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