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The tax is expected to raise $10 million a year to offset the cost of financing the project.
The board also approved a 1.5-mill property tax reduction in the levy collected for the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities that will reduce property taxes for residents by $92 on a $200,000 home and save taxpayers over $9.5 million.
“This process has certainly allowed me to gain even more appreciation for their thoughtful, conservative approach that balances the safety of our county residents and the professional jail staff with the need to protect taxpayer dollars,” Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims said in a release. “I believe they struck the right balance.”
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Plans are to begin construction in 2018 and move into the new facility, to be built behind the current facilities, in 2020.
The jail capacity would be increased from 280 to 468 inmates.
Increasing the sales tax in the county is said to save tax payers an estimated $25.6 million had they chosen a finance plan that was spread over a longer period of time.