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A new facility would house the jail, administrative offices and adult detention center, Sheriff Gene Fischer has said. He said getting the three facilities under one roof would make the office much more efficient and would be helpful for detectives.
The county’s current sales tax is 1%, which generates more than $27 million a year for the county’s general fund, said County Auditor David Graham. A quarter-percent increase would generate more than $6 million a year in additional revenue, he said.
A new facility would have replaced the 50-year-old jail in downtown Xenia. The facility has had roof leaks, been inhabited by bats and has areas that are endanger of collapsing,Fischer has said.
Residents opposed to Issue 12 said they agree a new jail is needed, however, the proposed capacity is the issue.
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Members of the Greene County Citizens Against Giant Jail Tax said they are confused why the county commissioners chose a consultant’s option that was the most costly and called for 30% increase in beds.