Washington County voters to decide jail issue

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) - Washington County officials are for a second time asking voters to approve a sales tax increase to pay for a new county jail.

Voters in November defeated an $18.5 million proposal.

Now the County Commission is asking for a half-cent sales tax increase for a new $14.5 million jail.

The vote will be June 9.

The current jail is in the basement of the county courthouse and state Jail Inspector Don Garrison says it doesn't meet current standards or the constitutional rights of inmates.

The jail also averages 101 inmates per day in a space designed for up to 78.

The half-cent sales tax would be collected for 10 years then drop to a quarter-cent tax to pay for jail operations.


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