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Kingman County rejects tax for law enforcement

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) -- Kingman County voters have rejected a tax increase that would have been used to build a new law enforcement center.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's voting showed the measure lost 802 to 749. The proposal was for a new one-quarter percent retailers' sales tax for 20 years and to extend a current three-quarters percent sales tax, also for 20 years.

KAKE reports (http://bit.ly/1h03Hkg ) the county planned to use the sales tax revenue and payments from a commercial wind farm to build an $11.8 million law enforcement center. It would have housed the county sheriff's office and Kingman police.

The current law enforcement center was built in 1959. Supporters of the tax say the current center is outdated and too small.