Meigs Jail Levy Fails Again

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POMEROY — A second attempt to bring in money for a brand new Meigs County Jail has been rejected by voters.

In unofficial vote totals from Tuesday night, a bond issue and levy to fund the project failed with 59 percent of voters against and 40 for the measure.

The bond issue and levy would have paid for the construction and improvement of a new criminal justice facility and sheriff’s office facilities, and funded operating expenses and furnishings for the facility. The tax was a 30-year bond issue that would have brought in $9.3 million.

As the jail is now, the 100-year-old building can house five inmates at a time, and transportation costs are often necessary to take inmates to jails in Middleport and other nearby areas, according to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.

In a passage for Meigs County, Pomeroy saw the passage of a 2-mil additional levy for street maintenance.