Voters reject new jail levy in Lawrence County

Residents in Lawrence County voted Tuesday against a sales tax increase that would have gone...
Residents in Lawrence County voted Tuesday against a sales tax increase that would have gone toward construction of a new jail.(MGN Online / Mitchell Haindfield / CC BY 2.0)
Published: May. 3, 2022 at 11:34 PM EDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Residents in Lawrence County voted Tuesday against a sales tax increase that would have gone toward construction of a new jail.

The levy was aimed at bolstering a $16.8 million grant from the governor’s office that was awarded to the county last year.

According to unofficial results, the levy failed by a 4,526-to-2,376 vote.

The jail was originally built to house 50 inmates. The now 48-year-old county jail is only certified to house 27 offenders.

Also in Lawrence County, the Ironton tax levy was tied by a 731-to-731 vote, according to unofficial results.

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