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On February 22, Washtenaw County voters will get to vote on a 0.75-mill, 20-year tax proposal, which would provide $300 million for physical renovation and expansion of the Washtenaw County Jail, along with some expansion of services. From the Ann Arbor News, Date set for jail millage decision:
The project would increase the jail’s size from 332 beds to 532 by 2014 and pay for an improved 14-A District Court site at the Hogback Road and Washtenaw Avenue jail site, a probation residential facility, and alternative treatment for inmates with mental illness.
The County Commissioners have already begun the task of convincing the public to vote for the proposal,
“I’m supporting the millage. ... It is a lot of money,” said Commissioner Rolland Sizemore, D-Ypsilanti. He added, though, people need to realize that if criminals aren’t in jail, “they could be in your neighborhood.”
$48.1 million of the millage revenue would be used for physically upgrading and expanding the current jail and the 14-A District Court, while the rest would be used for operating costs and alternative treatment plans.
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