- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Voters in Tulsa County have approved sales tax initiatives to pay for the construction of a new juvenile justice center and an expansion at the Tulsa jail.

Both measures passed easily Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial results. The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1hhyOSh ) that about 9 percent of the county’s registered voters cast ballots in the election.

Voters approved a 15-year, 0.041 sales tax to fund the juvenile center, which is expected to cost about $45 million. Voters also approved a separate 15-year, 0.026 sales tax to add four new jail pods to the current county jail.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says one of the new pods will be specially designed to house inmates with mental-health needs.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com