By Robert Marin
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
11:11 AM CST, February 5, 2013
Reno County commissioners will put a half-cent sales tax increase before voters to pay for a new jail.
The increased sales tax would help pay for the construction of a new jail along with renovation of the old jail and security improvements at the Reno County Courthouse. It would also pay to relocate offices of the county clerk, treasurer, register of deeds and appraiser, which would have to move because of the security changes.
The costs of the projects is estimated at $28.9 million dollars. Supporters of the measure say the old jail building is outdated and overcrowded. Voters have said no before to plans for a new jail.
The issue would appear in the April 2nd election. If voters say "yes" to the tax in April, the county says the new tax would start no earlier than Oct. 1.
Reno County Administrator Gary Meagher says the increase would last only as long as it takes to pay off the bonds used for the project. Based on current sales tax collections, Meagher says that would take eight to 10 years.
If approved, here is what the ballot question will look like:
In short, a "yes" vote means you approve of the tax increase, a "no" vote means you do not.
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