Ashland County Voters Overwhelmingly Pass Jail Sales Tax

  • 8/9/2017 1:00:20 PM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - Voters in Ashland County gave a resounding thumbs up in a Tuesday special election up to a  quarter-percent sales tax issue to fund the county jail.

Despite a light turnout at the polls, voters easily passed the jail sales tax with 82 percent of those casting ballots saying yes to the issue.

The final tally was 1,907 votes in favor of the issue and only 413 against it.

The affirmative vote continues the quarter-percent sales tax that already existed so it was not a new tax which voters had to consider.

Passage of the issue is a continuation to support the operation of the Ashland County Jail and the maintenance of the facility for the next 20 years.

The new sales tax replaces one passed by local voters in 1997 that supported new jail construction and its operations.

Ashland County Sheriff E. Wayne Risner says his staff made a commitment to take good care of the jail and had asked for community support which overwhelmed him and he offered his thanks to the voters.

 

 

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