Stone County voters defeat jail tax issues

The one-cent sales tax proposed for a new Stone County jail facility has been defeated. According to the Stone County Clerk’s Office, voters overwhelmingly voted down two sales tax proposals on Tuesday.

The first issue was a permanent 1/2 percent sales and use tax to allow the county to pay for possible renovations to the existing facility for storage and office space for sheriff’s deputies and the hiring of additional jail personnel. The vote count against the measure was 1,365 (64 percent), and 758 county residents (36 percent) voted in favor.

The second issue was a temporary 1/2 percent sales and use tax and the approval of up to $11.5 million in bonds for the construction of a new detention facility with 100 beds. There were 1,361 votes (64 percent) against the measure and 752 (36 percent) in favor.

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