- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) - Voters in a northeast Arkansas county will be asked this fall to approve a sales tax increase to help build and maintain a new jail.

Television station KAIT (https://bit.ly/1LRuw9f ) reports that the Lawrence County Quorum Court has approved placing a measure for a half-cent sales tax increase on the upcoming November ballot.

The Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee gave the county an October deadline to develop a plan that would either renovate, expand or rebuild the jail. If a plan wasn’t decided by then, the committee said it would close the facility.

County Judge Dale Freeman says three-eighths of the tax increase would go toward the jail’s construction and would expire in about 22 years. Freeman says the leftover one-eighth would go toward the facility’s maintenance and would remain in place.

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com


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