By Associated Press on Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:48 Proposition 1 Fails; Douglas County Voters Reject Plan to Expand Jail and Boost Funding for Mental Health Services Douglas County voters have rejected Proposition 1, the half-cent sales tax increase to fund expansion of the county jail and boost spending on mental health services. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the ballot initiative failed by a little more than 1,500 votes. According to the Douglas County Clerk’s Office, 25,880 ballots were counted. Fifty-three percent were “no” votes, and 47 percent were “yes” votes. Had it been approved, Proposition 1 would have authorized a countywide, half-cent, sales tax increase, which would have funded a $44 million expansion of the county jail, an...
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Headlines for Wednesday, May 16, 2018