By a 485-vote margin, Finney County voters on Tuesday night approved a .3-cent countywide sales tax hike.
Nearly 57 percent of voters who went to the polls approved of the measure, which passed by a vote of 2,020-1,535. The increase will take effect on April 1, 2018, and sunset in 2033, and will generate about $2.15 million annually. The money will be used to make improvements to Jennie Barker Road, make improvements to Lee Richardson Zoo, construct and operate an 11,068-square-foot indoor shooting range intended for use by local law enforcement and the public, and construct and maintain a 15,061-square-foot fire station on the city’s east side.
Voters also selected new Garden City Commissioners, USD 457 Board of Education members and Garden City Community trustees.
In the City Commission race, the top three vote-getters for the three available seats were Troy Unruh (1,198), incumbent Melvin Dale (1,111) and Lindsay Byrnes (967).
The three seats on the USD 457 BOE were won by incumbent Jean Clifford (1,971), Tim Hanigan (1,651) and incumbent Lara Bors (1,238).
In the GCCC trustees race, incumbent Merilyn Dougass was the top vote-getter (1,983) and the other two seats go to Leonard Hitz (1,816) and incumbent Blake Wasinger (1,402).