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I’m curious to know what voters actually were asked to approve in 1994 when they approved the countywide 1 percent sales tax. Do you know?

Yes. The city has posted on its Web site the resolution creating the 1994 sales tax ballot. The wording on the ballot read: “Shall a countywide retailers’ sales tax in the amount of 1% be imposed by the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, the revenue from which shall be received, pursuant to State law, by Douglas County, the City of Baldwin City, the City of Eudora, the City of Lawrence and the City of Lecompton, and shall be used by Douglas County for general governmental purposes, including the issuance of sales tax revenue and general obligation bonds, and also including, but not limited to the following purposes: 1. The expansion and operation of the county jail, and attendant improvements and related costs; 2. The acquisition, construction and improvement of facilities for the Bert Nash Mental Health Center, the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, and attendant improvements and costs; and 3. The reduction of ad valorem property tax levies as established and determined by Douglas County; and pursuant to an interlocal agreement Douglas County and the City of Lawrence have agreed that the sales tax revenue shall be used by the City of Lawrence for general governmental purposes, including but not limited to the following purposes: 1. The development and operation of parks and recreation facilities and programs, including the acquisition of property, attendant improvements and related costs, pursuant to the City of Lawrence’s adopted comprehensive plan for parks and recreation; 2. The acquisition, construction and improvement of facilities for the Bert Nash Mental Health Center, the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, and attendant improvements and costs; and 3. The reduction of ad valorem property tax levies as established and determined by the City of Lawrence.”

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