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Ark. officials say sales tax needed for new jail

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Officials in Crawford County say a sales tax will be needed to pay for a new jail.

The existing Crawford County Detention Center has failed three previous inspections. The jail is currently on a six-month probation period after a state inspection in July.

The Times Record reports that inspectors cited overcrowding, insufficient staffing, safety, inmate separation, sufficient medical facilities, storage and facility space and adequate housing requirements.

Officials say the county is addressing many of the issues, but cannot solve overcrowding without a new facility.

Sheriff Ron Brown says there's two ways to fund a new jail, a property tax millage increase or a sales tax. Brown says a millage increase puts a burden on property owners, but a sales tax would be less of a burden on citizens.

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