Archive for Thursday, April 7, 2011

40 years ago: Lawrence voters approve city tax hike

April 7, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 7, 1971:

Lawrence voters were reported to have given their "resounding" approval to a proposed half-cent city sales tax on Election Day, with a 62 percent majority passing the measure. The tax, scheduled to take effect on July 1, was to fund the hiring of 26 additional police officers and 15 additional firefighters.

Thirteen of Douglas County's 40 voting precincts had voted against the measure allowing 18-year-olds the right to vote in state and local elections. However, unofficial statewide returns were giving the constitutional amendment a 62 percent majority.

Easter specials advertised today included full-shank half hams for 47 cents a pound at Rusty's IGA. Also in the spirit of the season, Kief's Record & Stereo in the Malls Shopping Center was offering the album "Jesus Christ Superstar" for only $6.88 (marked down from $11.98). The album was also available in 8-track tape format.

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