November 11, 2015 Edition

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Voters pass jail sales tax

Lawrence County voters approved a request for a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction and maintenance of a new jail in Lawrence County during a special election on Tuesday.

Residents were asked to vote on two separate issues: a three-eighth of a cent tax to fund construction that would be collected for approximately 22 years and a one-eighth of a cent tax to fund maintenance that would not expire.

Voter totals on the three-eighths tax were 844 (59 percent) for and 597 (41 percent) against.

On the one-eighth tax issue, the vote was 834 (58 percent) for and 611 (42 percent) against.

(See a chart with breakdown by voter precinct on page 9A.)

The decision to ask for a sales tax came after the state's Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee found 11 deficiencies with the county's present 51-year-old jail, which is located within the courthouse. The county has been put on notice that the 42-bed jail will have to close unless the county addresses the issues.

Election to
be certified

Results from Tuesday's election will be certified on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. in County Clerk Tina Stowers' office.

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