County to consider logistics of special election in March


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

During Monday's Finney County Commission meeting, commissioners will talk about the logistics of scheduling a special election next March to ask voters to approve an extension of a quarter-cent sales tax currently being used to pay past costs of improvements to the Law Enforcement Center.

It's anticipated bonds for the LEC sales tax could be paid off by June 2014. The quarter-cent tax brings in about $1.8 million to $2 million per year.

But before the county calls for a special election, it needs to decide what it wants to use the sales tax for, and whether Garden City and Holcomb desire to partner on using their tax contributions on a project. Without the two cities, Finney County would collect roughly $900,000 per year.

Currently, the county is talking about a few of possible uses for the renewed sales tax. One would build a new facility to house court services, youth services and community corrections on property adjacent to the juvenile detention facility. The Finney County Economic Development Corporation is also interested in using a portion of the tax for economic development activities. A third option could be to help fund a project to turn Jennie Barker Road into four lanes from Schulman Avenue to Kansas Highway 156.

The Finney County Commission meets at 8:30 am. Monday at the county administrative center, 310 N. Ninth St. Other items on the agenda include a discussion of the entrance and exit to Preferred Ag Services; results of the Farmland Road traffic study, discussion of Jennie Barker Road four-lane project, and other public works items; monthly reports from the Health Department, Emergency Management, and Emergency Medical Services; a county attorney department update; WIC budget presentation; and an executive session concerning non-elected personnel.

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