Webster County officials hope county voters say yes – twice. The county has placed two sales tax measures on the August ballot. One would fund a new jail, the other would pay to run it.
Sheriff Roye Cole says he’d like to see the new jail big enough to house 120 to 150 inmates. If voters approve the funding, county commissioners would determine the size of the facility.
The current jail is filled to capacity. County leaders say it costs Webster County more than $100,000 a year to send the overflow to other counties.
If voters approve the money, it would take about two years to build a new jail.