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8/9/2014 3:15:00 PM
Clarkdale looks at county's jail tax request

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter


CLARKDALE - Yavapai County is asking voters for a half-cent sales tax to support its growing jail population, an issue to be presented Tuesday to members of the Clarkdale town council.

Supervisor Chip Davis will be on hand at the 6 p.m. meeting to give an overview of the tax and what it would go toward, said Kathy Bainbridge, the town's finance director.

"Supervisor Davis is going to all the different municipalities and, at their council meetings, just going over what that is," she said. "They do that quite often...they usually come to the council to walk them through it a little bit."

The issue is set to appear on the November ballot. If approved, the county would be able to levy the tax through 2035 and use the funds for the construction of a Prescott jail.

It would also support the operation of the Prescott and Camp Verde jails. The county's current levy, at 25 cents per sales tax dollar, expires in 2020.

Tuesday's meeting in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse will also include discussion and possible action on several issues they've heard previously, including a new peddlers and solicitors license, Clarkdale property valuations and tax levies, and outside consultant fees.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Tina Vigilante

We don't need more jails. We need to legalize marijuana and stop jailing people for non violent crimes. Also a general tax increase hurts poor people the most. But Republicans don't care if they struggle even more. Drug use should not be treated as a crime at all but as a medical condition.

Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014
Article comment by: Ann Rant

Just let the pot heads out and make room for the true menaces to society murderers, rapists, thieves, irresponsible dog owners...

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Article comment by: No more Jails!!!!!

Using part of the jail budget, fund social programs aimed at teaching kids from an early age how to be a better person. Why wait until they commit a crime before anything is done? Fund community programs, keep the kids busy doing projects and learning, and I'll bet the crime rate drops.

Teachers know which kid is headed for trouble later in life, but there are no programs available to refer these children to. But before they even hit Kindergarten, they should of attended a Head Start type program.

You can pay for them now, or you can pay for jail later. But I'd rather live in a low crime community with social services available than be a victim of crime, then have to pay $$ to keep him/ her in jail.

VVGC is available, but the last report I read from NARBHA was dismal: in more than half the categories, the VVGC scored well below 70%, mostly in the children's category. We need better mental health and behavior health services for the VV.

But please, no more jails! With a up to 70% of people ending up back in jail, are they really rehabilitating people or just housing them them?


Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Article comment by: bryson nicabar

quit renting out space to the feds like it is a hotel. why should we pay for the county to be in the lodging business? the profit they make doesn't go to lowering our taxes. it goes into their pockets.



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