Shawnee County OKs tax ballot question

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Shawnee County Commission has moved toward scheduling a countywide ballot question on extending a half-cent sales tax for 15 years.

The commission voted Monday to approve the proposed Nov. 4 ballot question.

The tax would raise an estimated $240 million to finance economic development, specific infrastructure projects and improvements at the Kansas Expocentre and Topeka Zoo.

Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed ballot question and an interlocal agreement with the city of Topeka that would extend the tax after its current expiration date of Dec. 31, 2016.

The proposals now go to the Topeka City Council. If the council approves the proposals, the measures would go back to the commission for final approval.

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