Saline County seeks sales tax support for jail improvements

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas county will ask voters to approve a sales tax to build a new complex to house its jail, court system and prosecutors’ offices.

The Saline County Commission has voted to put the 15-year, half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. The revenue would pay finance up to $46.5 million in bonds for the project.

The three-story complex would include a 344-bed jail, something Sheriff Glenn Kochanowski says is badly needed. The sheriff said Saline County had 266 inmates as of Tuesday, but 66 of them were being housed in other counties.

The existing City-County Building also houses courtrooms and the county attorney’s offices, in what Commissioner John Price describes as “elbow to elbow” working conditions.

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