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County adds sunset provision to sales tax pitch

The Ellis County Commission, at the suggestion of Chairman Dean Haselhorst, has decided to make a change in the ballot language for the May 14 special election for a proposed 0.5-percent county sales tax.

The change in the ballot question would more clearly define for taxpayers when the tax would sunset.

Currently, the tax would expire when the two proposed projects on the ballot — construction of an EMS/rural fire building and expansion and renovation to the jail, Law Enforcement Center and courthouse — were paid off.

In Monday evening’s meeting at the Ellis County Courthouse, Haselhorst provided a rough draft of the new language: “The sales tax will expire upon repayment of project financing or five years, whichever comes first.”

For more, see HDNews.net or Tuesday's Hays Daily News.

• RANDY GONZALES, HDN