Voters could get a 911 tax question by April

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By Shane Farley
January 16, 2013 - 5:18:55 pm

Cowley County officials expect to pitch a sales tax initiative this spring that would fund the remodeling of the south annex basement in Winfield for use as a 911 center.

The tax - which would probably would be a quarter cent - would generate money to cover a project roughly estimated at $2.5 million. County officials are waiting on more specific information on cost before formulating a final question for the ballot.

Commissioners discussed the issue at their regular meeting Tuesday evening. They hope to go to voters with the request by April of this year.

County officials are working to bring dispatch operations in Winfield and Ark City under the direction of the county.

A new building previously had been considered but local officials hope a remodel would cut construction cost considerably.

Coordinators of the consolidation effort also hope to launch a logo contest to help promote the effort.

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