Idaho Voters Reject Jail-Funding Proposals In Three Counties


Voters in three Idaho counties, Kootenai, Jerome and Canyon, this week rejected ballot measures to fund jails or jail expansions, reports the Associated Press. Each of the measures needed a a two-thirds supermajority to pass. In Kootenai County in northern Idaho, a $57 million bond and half-cent sales tax to expand the county’s jail fell short. “I understand it was a tough sell,” said Kootenai County Commissioner Todd Tondee. “Sixty-six and two-thirds is very difficult.”

In Jerome County in south-central Idaho, a plan for a 30-year, $13.5 million lease-to-purchase agreement for a 165-bed jail fell 1.16 percent short of the supermajority. And in Canyon County in southwestern Idaho, a $46 million bond failed after getting 57 percent approval, about 10 percent short of the supermajority of voters it needed to pass.

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