Headquarters, Inc. Supports Prop 1
October 23, 2018
LAWRENCE, KS, October 25, 2018: As the leader in suicide prevention in Kansas, Headquarters, Inc. encourages Douglas County, Kansas residents to vote “Yes” on Proposition 1 on the upcoming general election ballot. The proposition supports the expansion of mental health services in Douglas County, Kansas. The ballot measure reads as:
“Shall Douglas County, Kansas (the “County”), be authorized to: (1) impose a one-quarter percent (0.25%) countywide retailers' sales tax (the “Sales Tax”) for the purpose of financing the costs of providing mental health services for the County, collection of such Sales Tax to commence on April 1, 2019, or as soon thereafter as permitted by law; and (2) issue sales tax/general obligation bonds of the County in an amount not to exceed $12,235,000 (the “Bonds”) to finance all or a portion of the capital costs to construct, furnish and equip new mental health facilities for the County, related interest costs during construction and issuance costs; provided that the County receive, prior to the issuance of the Bonds, a comprehensive feasibility study that indicates the revenues received from the Sales Tax will be sufficient to retire the Bonds without the necessity of levying any ad valorem taxation; all pursuant to the authority of K.S.A. 12-187 et seq., as amended?”
Mental health challenges affect one in five Americans every year, and one in five high school students consider suicide every year. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state of Kansas. Headquarters, Inc. believes that voting “Yes” on Proposition 1 is a positive step to addressing mental health services in our community.
Headquarters, Inc. is the suicide prevention leader in Kansas, providing counseling, education, and resources for all to improve public health. Since 1969, Headquarters, Inc. has served the Lawrence, Kansas community and served the citizens of Kansas on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis center network since 2001. Free, confidential counseling services are also available through the 24-hour crisis center. Learn more at www.headquarterscounselingcenter.org/learn-more/.