Sheriff’s Office planning next steps after tax approved by voters

Poinsett Co. Sheriff’s Office planning next steps after tax approved by voters

POINSETT COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Better days ahead for the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office after residents Tuesday voted to pass a half-cent sales tax.

Although the tax increase from 1.25% to 1.75T goes into effect in January, the sheriff says a public safety committee will meet in the coming weeks to work on the next steps.

“We have parts of the jail, we cannot do it overnight. It will take time,” said Sheriff Kevin Molder. “I think a 3-, 5-, 10-year plan needs to be done.”

Initial plans include getting the jail into compliance with jail standards and upgrading the dispatch center.

One of Molder’s biggest concerns is the growth of the jail, which is already at operating capacity.

“We have to come up with another way to house our inmates and expand part of our jail because of the growth,” he said.

Next month, Molder also plans to go to the quorum court to request hiring more staff to move them into compliance.

The public safety committee includes three mayors from the county and three citizens. Molder hopes he can keep this committee going until the end of his term.

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