County prepares election for jail tax issue

The Board of Directors of the Yavapai County Jail District, on Oct 20, voted to order a special election to be held on March 9, 2004, for the purpose of asking the voters to approve an additional quarter-cent sales tax to be used only for acquiring, constructing, operating, maintaining and financing the Jail District’s adult jail system and facilities.

The Yavapai County Jail District is a county-wide district established by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in 1999. At the time the district was established, the voters were asked to approve only a quarter-cent sales tax instead of the half-cent sales tax allowed by law. Unexpected increases in the cost of operating the jail, along with decreases in sales tax revenues have prompted the district’s Board of Directors to call for the special election.

For purposes of the publicity pamphlet for this special election, arguments in favor of or in opposition to the proposed excise tax may be filed with the Clerk of the Board of Directors of the Yavapai County Jail District, Yavapai County Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott, Arizona, until 5 p.m. on Nov. 18.

Arguments must be no longer than 300 words and must contain the original signature of each person sponsoring the argument, or if sponsored by an organization be signed by two executive officers of the organization, or if sponsored by a political committee be signed by the committee’s chairman or treasurer. There is a $50 fee to submit an argument for the publicity pamphlet.

For more information regarding the Jail District ballot question, the following people may be contacted:

Yavapai County Jail District Board of Directors – Chip Davis, Chairman (639-8110); Gheral Brownlow, Vice Chairman (771-3200); Lorna Street Member (771-3393).

Yavapai County Jail District Administrator – Sheriff Buck Buchanan, 771-3291

Yavapai County Administrator – Jim Holst, 771-3201

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