Reno County voters are ready to pay higher taxes to for a new jail and improvements for other county offices.
Voters on Tuesday approved a half-cent increase in the county sales tax to pay for a new 250-bed jail. Unofficial results showed the issued passed by a margin of 77.4 percent to 22.6 percent.
The Hutchinson News reports plans for the new project include the jail, a secure entrance to the courthouse and Law Enforcement Center and renovating the current jail annex into new officers for county officials. The current jail will be renovated for storage and more law enforcement offices.
The $28.9 million cost of the project will be repaid by revenue the sales tax increase over eight to 10 years.