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Archive for Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Johnson County voters OK sales tax for research triangle

November 4, 2008

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Lawrence voters aren't the only ones who approved a sales tax Tuesday.

Residents of Johnson County approved a 0.125 percent sales tax, expected to pump $15 million a year into efforts to create a research triangle in connection with Kansas University and Kansas State University.

The tax won handily, garnering 57 percent of the vote.

Revenues from the tax are to be split evenly among three projects:

l A KU Cancer Clinical Research Center, to be opened in Fairway and conduct early-stage clinical trials in KU's drug pipeline. The project is considered a key component in the KU Cancer Center's ongoing push to earn a National Cancer Institute designation.

l A KU Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Center at KU's Edwards Campus in Overland Park, to accommodate up to 1,000 students annually.

l A K-State National Food and Animal Health Institute, planned for the K-State Innovation Campus in Olathe.

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