Sales tax headed to voters

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 27, 2022

May primary vote would be on jail funding

The Lawrence County Commission voted on Tuesday to send a half percent sales tax to the May primary ballot.

The commission hosted its third and final reading on the matter at its regular meeting.

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The sales tax, if approved, would be used to fund the construction and operation of a new county jail.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced last year that the state of Ohio would be funding 16.8 million toward the new jail from a capital appropriations fund, bringing to an end a longstanding issue in Lawrence County.

The new jail would be a $32 million project, commissioners have said and would require additional staffing beyond what the current jail, built in 1974, has.