Sales Tax to Fund New Jail (October 2009)

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There was a Sales Tax to Fund New Jail measure on the October 13 ballot in Little River County.

This measure was defeated[1]

This measure proposed a 3/8 sent sales tax to be added to item bought within the county in order to provide $6.7 million for the new jail that is needed in the county. Officials say that if the measure is not passed then the current jail will have to close because it cannot be run in its present condition without more funding. The 3/8 cent tax would have expired after a set amount of years once the jail is built and then a further 1/8 cent tax will be implemented to run the facility.[2]

Due to this measure not passing, inmates will be moved to Miller, Sevier, Howard, Hempstead and Lafayette counties and they will pay up to $35 for male inmates and $42 for female and sick inmates. The jail had to close otherwise it would have been fined for not meeting code standards.[1]