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Nevada County to vote on new jail

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Prescott, Arkansas -

Nevada County, Arkansas voters will soon decide whether to build a new jail.

The proposed 80-bed jail is estimated to cost about $6.9 million dollars.    
    
There are two issues on the ballot.
    
One is a 3/4 cent sales tax which includes a sunset clause.
    
Those funds will be used to build the jail.
    
The other is a permanent 1/4 cent sales tax, which will be used for maintaining and operating the jail.
    
If the measures pass, the 17,000 square foot jail would be built behind the old jail.  
    
Sheriff Danny Martin says if the issues fails the county jail could closed down.

"It would be devastating to the county," said Martin. "I've talked with other counties that have lost their jail, they spend their budget pretty quick just transported inmates to and from court."

The special election will be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 7:30am to 7:30pm.
    
Voting will be held at three locations: Prescott High School, Emmet City Hall and the Nevada County Clerk's office.

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