St. Clair County proposes cheaper jail expansion

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson tweeted that the county board may ask voters to help pay forexpansion of a local jail.

In the past, several detainees filed federal lawsuits saying the county jail was overcrowded and unsafe.

Watson said if voters do not approve any type of funding, the federal government could step in and force the county to build.  If so, property owners could end up paying for most of the construction for a bigger jail than the county needs.

So, the board could approve a 0.25-percent sales tax that will be paid by everyone who buys goods in St. Clair County.  According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Watson’s proposed increase should pay for an increase of about 100 beds.

 The Public Safety Committee meets at 6:30 p.m.  The board meets at 7:00 p.m.

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