BC Quorum Court set to continue moving forward on jail expansion


A late addition to the Baxter County Quorum Court agenda Monday calls for the justices to consider an ordinance Tuesday evening to appropriate funds for the planned jail construction. The quorum court will meet for its regular monthly session Tuesday evening at 6:00 in the second floor courtroom of the Baxter County Courthouse.

The request follows the court giving its unanimous approval to an ordinance in January authorizing the issuance of a promissory note to provide financing for the jail expansion. Approval of the ordinance gave the go-ahead of a promissory note for $4.2 million.

The appropriation ordinance follows voters approving a temporary one cent sales and use tax in September that will fund the expansion of the Baxter County Detention Center, as well as furnish and equip the new portion, and provide for the operation and maintenance of the jail. At the same time, voters approved a one-quarter cent sales and use tax following the expiration of the one cent sales and use tax for ongoing jail needs.

Also on Tuesday's agenda are three routine appropriating ordinances, along with six resolutions.

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