Kootenai County, Idaho leaders taking steps after jail expansion voted down
KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho: On November 3, 2009, Northern Idaho residents in Kootenai County voted down a local ballot measure that would have expanded the county’s jail. Now, the county will continue to send inmates to other jails, and it will ultimately cost the county approximately $52 million over the next decade. According to the measure, if passed, it would have raised the county sales tax by a half-cent for 10 years, using that collected money to pay for a $57 million jail expansion.
The next step, leaders say, hopefully will come soon. County commissioners will lobby state legislators to renew the local-option sales tax that expires at the end of the year.