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Jackson County Board of Commissioners takes next step in forming Jail Service District

The Board of Commissioner voted Thursday to approve the Jail Service District, pending public hearings.

Posted: Jan 4, 2020 1:30 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2020 2:07 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.-- Plans for a new Jackson County Jail took a step forward this week. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the Jail Service District. 

There's a few steps that still need to happen before it appears on the May ballot. 

There will be two public hearings on the matter. The first one is set for February 5. A date has not announced for the second one. 

If the board decides to go through with the process after the hearings, then it will appear on the May ballot. 

All Jackson County City Councils agreed to send the decision to the county expect Talent. 

If voters approved the Jail Service District, it could cost property owners $.87 per $1,000 of assessed property value. 

The Jackson County Sheriff says the Jail Service District is need to fund the building of a new jail

The current jail was built nearly 40 years ago when Jackson County's population was nearly half of what it is now. 

In 2017, the Sheiff said the jail handled approximately 14,000 lodgings. Due to capacity restrictions, about half were released before they could appear in court or pay bail.

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