Yavapai County voters to decide tax hike for jail

PRESCOTT, AZ - Yavapai County voters will decide in November whether to approve a sales tax increase to pay for building an additional county jail, which would be located in Prescott.

The Daily Court reports that the Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously voted to put a question on the general election ballot asking voters to double the county Jail District's sales tax to a half-cent on the dollar.

County officials say constructing the $26 million jail would force big budget cuts without the proposed sales tax increase.

The county completed its current jail in Camp Verde in 2003 but Sheriff Scott Mascher had said that 600-bed facility is mostly full.

The proposed new jail in Prescott would have 300 beds.

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