- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence voters narrowly rejected a new sales tax for a $28 million police headquarters.

Unofficial results show the proposal for a 0.2 percent sales tax failed by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin - about 915 votes.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (https://bit.ly/1pkVsUY ) opponents criticized the City Commission its handling of the proposal. The project was presented to voters after the commission used about $25 million in available funding for the Rock Chalk Park sports complex.

Police officials say the city’s aging, small headquarters is inefficient, forcing staff to work at two different locations. Evidence and equipment are stored at four other locations.

Mayor Mike Amyx said after the vote that the city’s next step is to determine what the public’s expectations are for public safety in Lawrence.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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