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Commissioners Approve Ballot Measure to Help Fund a New County Jail
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Pueblo, CO: Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor was successful today in convincing the Board of County Commissioners to place an initiative on the November ballot that will help provide funding for a new Pueblo County Jail.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to place an initiative on the ballot that calls for a .39 of a cent sales tax increase to help pay for a new jail building to replace the aging, overcrowded current facility.

The existing facility, built in 1980, is in constant need of repairs and is the most overcrowded jail in the state. The jail, along with the dormitory added in 2006, is designed to house 509 inmates. The average daily population hovers around 726 inmates with the count surpassing 800 inmates twice in the past year.

Its come to the point its time for a new building, Taylor said. Its not cost effective to continue to put band-aids on this building and the overcrowding we experience creates safety concerns for my deputies and the inmates.

Taylor said the .39-of-a-cent increase in sales tax is minimal in exchange for a more modern, safe facility for the community. He said due to the overcrowded conditions at the jail, municipal offenders are not being incarcerated. Those offenders that are jailed are housed in other county jails in the state.

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