LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Residents in Lawrence County react to a possible sales tax increase to pay for a new county jail.
Monday evening the Lawrence County Quorum court voted to place a half-cent sales tax on the upcoming November ballot.
The vote was made after the county was told the current jail has to be renovated, expanded or rebuilt.
If the county does not present a plan by October, the state will shut down the jail.
People throughout Lawrence County have different reactions to the court vote. Some say they understand why the court decided to add this to the ballot.
"If it's the only way they can get the money and do what they want, what they need to do, I'm good for it," Joe Wahley said.
Others said they do not want to spend tax dollars on a new county jail.
"I don't want them to take my tax money and build a new jail cell for them when they ain't going to use it for the right reasons," Billy Nicholas said.
Judge Dale Freeman said most of the reactions he has heard are positive but he understands the negative ones. He said no one likes tax increases, but it must be done to save the jail.
The court will be holding another special meeting Wednesday regarding the specific ordinances and resolutions that will go on the ballot for this tax increase.
People will be able to vote to approve or reject the sales tax on November 15th.
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