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Before we vote yes on the new jail…

Good evening, Netizens...

On May 12th at 5:30 pm Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Lt Sparber will be giving the final presentation on the siting of the new jail at the County Commissioners Hearing room in the Public Safety building on Mallon. This might be our last opportunity as community members to speak out against this new jail. The cost is $500 million. The intent is to put a bond on the ballot next April . The Sheriff wants a 40 acre jail site in Medical Lake or Airway Heights.

As usual when the City or County of Spokane comes begging for money, there are always taxpayers who question why...

Do we really need a new jail or simply less inmates?

If they put the proposed jail in either Medical Lake or Airway Heights how are the taxpayers going to pay for the round-trip transportation of the inmates to and from court each day? There should be an alternative to this system. How about if the judges make the round trip each day and not the inmates? Either that or keep the jail here in Spokane.

Then there is the question of the additional taxes the proposed bond will cost the taxpayers. After footing the bills for the EMS levy, will the taxpayers be willing to foot the bill for a new jail?

Does anyone have other questions or answers?s


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