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.