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New Jail Referendum to be on General Election ballot

After months of discussion about the much needed new Gilchrist County Jail and the funding of additional staff for a new jail, the Gilchrist County Commissioners decided to put the issue on the ballot at their September 6 meeting. Gilchrist County Commissioners agreed to place a referendum on the General Election ballot to see if the voting public would support a tax increase to fund the construction of the new Gilchrist County Jail and additional staff for the facility.
The Commission discussed and agreed that a nonbinding referendum will be placed on the General Election ballot November 6, 2018. The referendum will read as follows:
Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida
Nonbinding Referendum Concerning Tax Increase for Construction of New Gilchrist County Jail and Correctional Facility.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners have determined that a new jail and correctional facility is needed by Gilchrist County, Florida. In order to provide funding for the new facility, are you in favor of a tax increase by the Board to provide funding for the facility?
( ) Yes – for approval of increasing taxes to provide funding for new jail and correctional facility.
( ) No – against approval of increasing taxes to provide funding for new jail and correctional facility.
This public measure is authorized pursuant for Florida Statutes section 125.01.
Gilchrist County Clerk of Court Todd Newton reported that the architectural preliminary estimate for the new jail construction is $7.3 million with additional cost for extra staffing of the new facility.

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